Vukmir refers to Baldwin as 'Princess Painkiller'

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate is referring to her Democratic opponent, whose mother battled a prescription drug addiction, as "Princess Painkiller."

Leah Vukmir tweeted the nickname for Sen. Tammy Baldwin along with a cartoon image of the senator on Wednesday. Baldwin's campaign manager Scott Spector calls the tweet "despicable."

Baldwin this year has spoken openly about her mother's mental health issues and drug addiction that led to her being raised by her grandparents.

Vukmir's tweet says Baldwin "plays pretend every day in Wisconsin when she acts sugary sweet." But it goes on to call her "Princess Painkiller" and says she "failed our vets at the VA when `Candyland' was running amok."

"Candyland" was the nickname given to the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Vukmir has said Baldwin was slow to respond to the over-prescription of drugs there.