Mother Of Heroin Overdose Victim Criticizes Senator Feingold In New Ron Johnson Campaign Ad

Lauri Badura Says 34-Year Politician’s Attack ‘Absolutely The Furthest Thing From The Truth’

The Ron Johnson campaign today released a new television ad featuring Lauri Badura, a mother who lost her son Archie to a heroin overdose. In the ad, Laurie is sharply critical of Senator Feingold for lying about Ron’s record of working to address the opioid epidemic plaguing the country.

The ad, “Lauri’s Story,” is airing in targeted media markets across the state. Lauri and her husband filmed the testimonial and shared it with the campaign.

“I was so shocked by this negative ad campaign from Russ Feingold that he said that Senator Ron Johnson wasn’t doing anything,” Lauri says. “And that is absolutely the furthest thing from the truth. It was Senator Ron Johnson who looked in my eyes and told me, ‘We’re going to do something about this.’”

Last week, PolitiFact ruled Senator Feingold’s claim that Ron had done “essentially nothing” to address the opioid crisis False. This followed Feingold getting called out for the lie during the U.S. Senate debate at Marquette University.

Key Facts:
  • Ron Johnson’s own family has been affected by the opioid epidemic.
  • Ron introduced the PROP ACT, bipartisan legislation to help ease pressure on doctors to over-prescribe painkillers, parts of which the Obama administration has announced its intentions to implement. He also supported the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which was recently signed into law by the president, to help folks fight drug addiction.
  • Drugs coming into Wisconsin are directly related to weak border security. That’s why Ron has worked to secure the border to cut off the supply of drugs that enter the United States. Ron’s committee has held 18 hearings on border security, including a field hearing in Pewaukee where he heard testimony from medical professionals, law enforcement officials, and families dealing with drug abuse about the steps we need to take to protect communities from this epidemic. The committee has also held field hearings on this issue in Arizona, New Hampshire, and Ohio.
  • Ron has issued two reports on our country’s drug epidemic, and sent more than 30 letters to various entities on our weak border security and the drugs that flow into the United States. He has also worked closely with Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel to ensure that local communities have the funding and resources they need to combat the drug trade and help fight addiction.