Tammy Baldwin shares story of late mother’s addiction in TV ad

Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin shares the story of her mother’s prescription drug addiction in a new statewide TV ad launching Monday.

The ad comes the week after Baldwin spoke extensively in public for the first time about her mother’s mental illness and narcotic addiction.

“I remember what it was like to come home from school and not be able to get into the house. I’d pound on the door but my mother wouldn’t answer,” Baldwin says in the ad. “She’d be passed out inside. My mother had a drug abuse problem.”