In his first TV ad of the campaign, Supreme Court candidate Brian Hagedorn talks about adopting a girl addicted to opiates who his wife says “had to struggle through withdrawal in my arms.”

His campaign said the initial buy is for $50,000 on TV in Milwaukee and Green Bay starting tomorrow. It also will run on digital platforms.

The spot is the first TV ad in Hagedorn’s race with fellow Appeals Court Judge Lisa Neubauer to replace liberal Justice Shirley Abrahamson, who is retiring.

It comes on the heels of stories detailing Hagedorn’s blog posts while a law student that included “The idea that homosexual behavior is different than bestiality as a constitutional matter is unjustifiable” following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning a Texas anti-sodomy law. The liberal One Wisconsin Now also highlighted Hagedorn’s association with a private school that bars employees from being in a same-sex relationship. Hagedorn has said he’s being unfairly attacked or his Christian faith.

The ad features Brian and Christina Hagedorn along with Lily. It also shows Hagedorn in a black robe on a judicial bench and walking with law enforcement while wearing the robe.

“Adopting Lily has brought home the opioid crisis and how it affects families in such significant ways,” Hagedorn says in the spot. “We need to show compassion, but we also need to hold people accountable, and that’s exactly what I’ll do on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.”



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