Apr 30, 2018 - Health

GOP Senate candidate's wife lobbied for opioid supplier

Patrick Morrisey

Patrick Morrisey is competing for the GOP Senate nomination in West Virignia. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The wife of West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey — who is competing in the GOP primary to challenge Sen. Joe Manchin's Senate seat — lobbied Congress on opioid-related issues for Cardinal Health, the state's largest opioid supplier, per the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

Why it matters: West Virginia has the highest opioid death rate in the nation, making the issue very personal to voters. And its Senate race is already one of the wildest primaries of the year, as an alarmed GOP establishment tries to intervene against firebrand former coal executive Don Blankenship.

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