Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin is running for re-election this year in Wisconsin. Baldwin is telling her story about her mother struggle publicly for the first time.
Tammy Baldwin revealed on Tuesday about her mother, Pamela Bin-Rella mental illness, and prescription drug addiction.
When Baldwin is sitting with a Milwaukee woman who also told her story of her father’s struggles with addiction. Baldwin said, “This epidemic hits close to home for me and for so many others.”
“After I was born, I would see her like once a week, usually Saturday,” said Baldwin.
Baldwin said, “What good does it do if everyone just keeps their little secrets? How are we going to really understand that this affects all of us?” Baldwin continues, “I’ve seen it over and over again, the power of telling your story.”
Republicans targeted Baldwin as a major in the November election, with the group of outsiders spending twice as much against her than in any other race in the country. Two Republicans such as state Sen. Leah Vukmir and Delafield businessman Kevin Nicholson are running for taking a chance her on.
Baldwin explained, “And I remember sometime being dropped off, and she would sleep most of the time I was there, and I thought she was sick, and that’s what made her sleep.”
Baldwin says the doctors prescribed her mother narcotics to deal with chronic pain and also for acute pain.
She explained, “So, I saw her spiral out of control a number of times including since I was in the Senate. I have words for it now; I understood what was going on.”
Bin-Rella was abusing her pills which was prescribed by doctors. Baldwin said her mother struggled to kick the addiction.
Bin-Rella died last August. Baldwin said her mother died due to something unrelated to the drugs.