Libertarian presidential candidate has heart attack at milk rally

2009-12-24T00:15:00Z Libertarian presidential candidate has heart attack at milk rallyBy Tribune staff La Crosse Tribune
December 24, 2009 12:15 am  • 

The 2004 Libertarian presidential candidate was hospitalized at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse on Tuesday after an apparent heart attack.

Michael J. Badnarik was fitted with a temporary pacemaker and a balloon pump to ease stress on his heart, according to Libertarian Party sources.

A Gundersen Lutheran spokesman said he could not provide any information due to patient confidentiality.

Badnarik was at a hearing on a raw milk case in Viroqua when he collapsed, said Gary Franchi, national director of Restore the Republic.

Franchi told that Badnarik slumped over in a friend’s car as they were leaving for lunch.

“His friends attempted CPR and contacted the paramedics,” Franchi said in an e-mail. “They attempted to revive him three times with no success. Upon the fourth attempt, his heart was revived yet with erratic behavior.”

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