Breaking: Badnarik reported hospitalized after heart attack

From an email apparently written by Gary Franchi, national director of Restore the Republic, and forwarded by a Campaign For Liberty activist:

I just received word that the President of the 2009 Continental Congress and 2004 Presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party, Michael Badnarik had a Heart Attack this morning and [is] in an unconscious state. His condition is serious.

His Mother, Elaine, reported to me that Michael was in Madison, Wisconsin attending a hearing regarding a raw milk case. After the hearing he got in a car to go to lunch with friends, He then slumped over. His friends attempted CPR and contacted the paramedics. They attempted to revive him 3 times with no success. Upon the 4th attempt his heart was revived yet with erratic behavior.

He was taken by helicopter to Gunderson Lutheran Hospital CCU in Lacrosse, WI. Please do no call or visit the hospital, only family is allowed.

Watch IPR for more details as they become available.

50 thoughts on “Breaking: Badnarik reported hospitalized after heart attack

  1. Steve

    I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for Micheal since he was the first LP presidential candidate I was privileged to vote for. Blessings and a speedy recovery to him. There is a lot more for him to do leading the cause of freedom.

  2. Joey G. Dauben

    Personally, I hope Badnarik knows the Lord.

    Politically, his career will forever be marred by the reputation-shredding 2006 congressional $400,000-for-4% failure.

  3. paulie

    @7 That should be Hacker’s reputation, not Badnarik’s.

    Badnarik has always been a tireless fighter for freedom, and has done a lot with little all his political life (to say the least). I hope he can keep going.

  4. LibertarianGirl

    hey Joey what a positively snotty thing to say at a time like this . if you have no wishes for recovery how about you STFU on this one.

    I consider Mike a friend and I wish him all the best whther he knows god or not .

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  6. Andy

    Oh man, I hope he comes out OK. Michael Badnarik is a good man and a tireless warrior for liberty. We need him.

  7. Justice4

    We need people of integrity in this world like Michael. I will pray that he recovers, if that is God’s will. He has placed his course on The US Constitution online at YouTube. Every American needs to study that course. God Bless You, Michael!

  8. Don Lake .......... More Paul Harvey Moments

    LibertarianGirl // Dec 22, 2009:
    …… hey Joey what a positively snotty thing to say at a time like this ….. if you have no wishes for recovery how about you STFU on this one.
    I consider Mike a friend and I wish him all the best whether he knows god or not .

    Lake: there ya go again, confusing public administration with personal feelings ………

  9. Rob

    He is my prayers. A good man with an odd career on the public stage. It seems that he came out of nowhere in 2004 and faded quickly after his poor showing in 2006. He had not crossed my mind in a while-a pity, since he always had interesting ideas. Here is hoping he gets well soon.

  10. Andy

    Michael Badnarik was recently elected President of the Continental Congress 2009 which was put together by We The People Foundation ( ). He has also hosted a radio which was on We The People Radio Network, and after that network folded his show moved over to Republic Broadcasting. In addition to this, he has continued to teach his class on the US Constitution.

  11. Andy

    He was also supposed to run for Sheriff in some rural county in Texas this year. Hopefully he’ll recover from this and be able to continue his run for that office.

  12. Fred C

    Badnarik is a true defender of individual rights.
    I am honored to call this man a true patriot and friend.
    Unfortunately, I believe his tireless efforts placed undue stress on his health. My thoughts are with him for a complete recovery.

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  14. George Whitfield

    Michael Badnarik is a focused and tireless advocate of the US Constitution and liberty. I hope and pray that he will recover.

  15. Steve LaBianca

    Per Lew Rockwell’s blog, regarding Michael’s condition:

    “UPDATE from David Kramer: Michael is reportedly conscious, and has had a pacemaker installed. His family requests no visitors or calls for now.”

    Positive news, to say the least.

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  18. TheCourtWatcher

    Our prayers are with you as one of the few people we could call our teacher. May you have a wonderful Christmas. Please get well soon, we love to hear your voice!

  19. Lidia Seebeck

    Just wanted to send a thousand wishes of health for Michael. It’s ironic that he was fighting for healthy freedom (something about helping out the raw milk farmers) when his own health is so fragile. I certainly hope all goes well!

  20. Zach

    I’m not a religious man by any stretch of the imagination, but I’ve prayed all day for Mike and his family. He is one of the very few people I have ever had the good fortune to encounter that is truly worthy of admiration. May he have a speedy and full recovery…

  21. Brian Holtz

    Michael has been a great advocate for liberty and a great teacher about the Constitution. I hope his heart comes back stronger than ever, so he can keep “lighting the fires of liberty, one heart at a time”.

  22. David

    Michael needs to pull through. We cant lose such a wonderful liberty activist like him! He has the best constitution class I have ever seen. Wish I had him as a teacher in High School!

  23. Democrat

    I hope Mr. Badnarik recovers fast. Noone should die.

    I saw the LP convention on CSPAN in 2004. I have watched CSPAN for 30 years now. I don’t agree with the Libertarian platform of laissez faire economic views although I do share most of the social views of your party members. I did see Mr. Badnarik speak on TV at the convention so that appears how I know of him.

    I hope he does not take any money from the government or use any government service when he deals with this illness. After all he does not believe in government. He might want to get his friends to help pay for his medical bills and after care.

    I do sincerely hope he recovers fast.

    A Democrat.

  24. Gary Nolan

    Get well soon Michael. If anyone is a fighter it is you and if anyone can make a come back, it is you!

  25. John and Dagny Galt

    Hey Michael, get well soon so we can continue our work implementing the John Galt Solution and Starving The Monkeys!

    Brothers and Sisters In Liberty!

    John and Dagny Galt


  26. Alisa McGeo

    Even a tiny step forward is worth 10,000 steps back.

    Michael, you have Jim and my wishes for a very speedy recovery. Even though this is not a Hallmark card although it sounds like one, our wishes for you are sincere as you are.

    So sweetie, know that your friends are thinking about you at least every other minute.

    Love, Alisa and Jim

  27. Alisa McGeo

    That first sentence is meaningless nonsense. I have no idea where I dredged that one up from.

    Anyway, again. Get well sooner than soon.


  28. Johncjackson

    I voted for him and wish him the best.

    What is President of Continental Congress? We The People? I think those are the nutjobs who always send me Birther emails.

  29. Linda

    Michael is in our prayers, while his participation in the elective process of this area his role as Sheriff is not essential as the Sheriff here seems to be a follower of the Constitution.

    There are many here that are hell bent to destroy anyone that will stand up for the law and not the good old boy mentality, hopefully we as citizens can keep moving forward towards a lawfully run area to live in.

    Freedom County is alive and prospering and growing day by day.

    Mike, get well soon and come on out for a long deserved rest among those that admire and love you. We will hold your quarters open ready to welcome you in Freedom.

  30. Christopher

    As a cohost of, I was very proud to be on the same network [ ] as Mr. Badnarik from May of 2008 to January of 2009 when he made the switch to one of the largest / finest indy news networks – GCN; I’ve always admired Michael’s work and had the opportunity to meet / talk with him in person at various conventions and speakers forums throughout the U.S. I wish him a speedy recovery. His work is of the utmost importance and we are always blessed with his tact and poise even in the midst of chaos and confusion. God Speed to you Micheal.

  31. The Dynamite Guy

    My heart goes out to Mike and his family, let’s pray for his steady recovery.

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