This arrived in my inbox last Friday:
Dear fellow Wisconsin Democrats,
Two days ago, the opioid crisis touched the Wisconsin political world in a very personal way. People from both political parties were reeling from tragedies that left lives and families shattered. My heart breaks for the three children of the young woman whose life was cut short by an overdose. It was also agonizing to hear about a Republican colleague whose family is dealing with a similar tragedy due to the scourge of drugs. While attempting to process those feelings, I also feel ripped apart knowing a talented former employee and friend is connected to one of these tragedies.
The opioid crisis is growing in our state and country and it is heartbreaking to see the lives of so many being ruined. These tragedies brought home the fact that this epidemic truly knows no bounds.
I am writing to you because I have a responsibility to the DPW, our members, our candidates, and our legislators to be as open and transparent as possible. I also have a legally binding obligation to employees to keep certain information confidential. However, I can clear up some concerns that have been raised. This news came as a surprise to all of us here at the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. We immediately launched an internal investigation to do everything necessary to protect our party and members. This is an ongoing process I will keep you updated as it progresses.
As the family of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin processes our shock and grief, and handles our obligations as an employer, it is important that we stand together. That we learn and grow and become better able to lead as a result of the pain we are experiencing. If we can stop addiction, opioids and overdoses from claiming even one more victim and devastating one more family, we must do so.
Our Party believes in helping people who are struggling, places hope and belief in second chances and will always work to protect the citizens of our state — particularly those who are hurting or feeling left behind. We will work with one another, and with our Republican colleagues, to take actions to stop parents from losing their children and families from being torn apart by this epidemic.
As we move forward through this challenging time together, I welcome your thoughts, advice and feedback and remain deeply grateful for your support.