COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Portman for Senate campaign today released a new TV ad featuring the endorsement of General Barry McCaffrey, a retired four-star General, recipient of three Purple Heart medals, and former President Bill Clinton’s “drug czar” and Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The ad begins airing statewide today and is part of the campaign's $15 million advertising reservation. You may watch the ad by clicking here.
“Rob Portman is one of the finest public servants I know. I’ve been in some tough battles, so I know a strong leader when I see one,” General Barry McCaffrey said. “Senator Portman has been a leader on many issues, including the country’s growing drug epidemic. Rob just passed bipartisan legislation into law to address the heroin epidemic, making a historic commitment to prevention, treatment and recovery. Rob Portman is giving Ohio families hope and I am happy to support him for United States Senate.”
“I am honored to have General McCaffrey’s support—he’s an American hero, a decorated soldier, and a proven leader,” Rob Portman said. “It was a privilege to work with General McCaffrey to help fight our country’s drug epidemic, and our country is better because of his service.”
Barry McCaffrey served in the United States Army for 32 years and retired as a four-star General. At retirement, he was the most highly decorated serving General, having been awarded three Purple Heart medals (wounded in combat three times), two Distinguished Service Crosses (the nation’s second highest award for valor) and two Silver Stars for valor.
For five years after leaving the military, General McCaffrey served as the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). Upon leaving government service, he served as the Bradley Distinguished Professor of International Security Studies from 2001-2005; and an Adjunct Professor of International Security Studies from 2006-2010 at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. He served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Sciences from 1973-1976 teaching American Government and Comparative Politics.
General McCaffrey is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an associate of the InterAmerican Dialogue. He has served on the Board of Directors of several corporations in the engineering design, technology, healthcare and services sectors. He joined the Board of Directors of Excelitas Technologies Corp. and the Board of Directors of Beacon Health Options. He serves on the International Advisory Board of Fleishman Hillard, and he is proud to serve on South Carolina’s SCRA Board of Advisors.
General McCaffrey attended Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass.; and graduated from West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree. He earned a master's degree in American Government from American University and attended the Harvard University National Security Program as well as the Business School Executive Education Program.
In 2015 he was selected for the Doughboy Award -- the highest honor the Chief of Infantry can bestow on any Infantryman -- for outstanding contribution to the United States Army Infantry. In 2007 he was inducted into the US Army Ranger Hall of Fame at the US Army Infantry Center, Ft. Benning, GA. In May 2010, he was honored as a Distinguished Graduate by the West Point Association of Graduates at the United States Military Academy. In 1992 he was awarded the State Department Superior Honor Award for the principal negotiation team for the START II Nuclear Arms Control Treaty. In 2004, Catholic University of America awarded him the James Cardinal Gibbons Medal (Highest Honor), to honor him for distinguished and meritorious service to the United States of America.
Rob's Record of Results
More than 20 years ago, Rob founded the Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati. He chaired the coalition for nine years, served on the board, and was even a member of the board when he was elected to the US Senate (The Herald-Tribune, 5/25/16).
Rob co-authored the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which tackles the prescription drug and heroin epidemic head on by expanding education and prevention efforts, helping law enforcement reverse overdoses to save lives, and expanding treatment and recovery programs. Rob began this legislative effort in 2014. (WKBN, 1/27/16).
- “Portman anti drug bill passes Senate” (Columbus Dispatch, 7/13/16)
- “A rare bipartisan agreement” (The Wall Street Journal, 7/13/16)
- “Dramatically changes the trajectory of the addiction crisis” (Cincinnati Enquirer, 7/13/16)
- "Portman has been fighting for the passage of CARA relentlessly" (Logan Daily News, 3/11/16).
Rob voted for the Sen. Shaheen (D-NH) amendment that would have provided $600 million in emergency spending through CARA. (Senate Roll Call Vote #30, March 2, 2016)
Rob voted for H.R. 3762 that would have included $750 million annually in additional resources to combat opioid addiction. (Senate Roll Call Vote #329, December 3, 2015)
Rob voted for Sen. Shaheen's Motion to Instruct Conferees to include a high level of funding in the final version of CARA. (Senate Roll Call Vote 101, June 16, 2016)
Rob wrote letters on February 29th and March 18th to to Senate Appropriators to ensure that a major increase in funding was included in the upcoming spending bill. These letters resulted in a 90% increase for the Fiscal Year 2017 spending bills.
- Quote from Roy Blunt, Senator who authored the spending bill, on Rob's efforts to increase funding: "For 20 years, Rob Portman has been working to prevent new drug addictions from starting and get help to those who need it; when he speaks, people listen around here,” said Subcommittee Chairman of jurisdiction Roy Blunt. "Senator Portman’s push for this increased funding has persuaded many fellow Senators that this was an investment we have to make. He has been a leader in the fight against this epidemic, and I look forward to continuing our effort to get this bill signed into law."
Rob is also a former member of the board of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), which is the national membership organization representing over 5,000 coalitions and affiliates working to make America’s communities safe, healthy and drug-free.
Rob authored the Drug Free Communities Act, which became law on June 27, 1997. The legislation provided and continues to provide over a billion dollars in grants to local agencies and non-profits to help prevent drug addiction.
Rob authored the Drug Demand Reduction Act, which passed the House on September 16, 1998. The legislation provided funding for programs to facilitate a significant reduction in the incidence and prevalence of substance abuse through reducing the demand for illegal drugs and the inappropriate use of legal drugs.
Rob’s Interstate Drug Monitoring Efficiency and Data Sharing Act of 2012 was signed into law. The bill creates an efficient, cost-effective system for states to share information from prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) across state lines. This information sharing makes it easier to track prescription drug abuse. Rob’s legislation resulted in a national standard for PDMPs to facilitate the exchange of information among doctors, pharmacists and in some instances, authorized law enforcement.
Rob’s Synthetic Drug Abuse Prevention Act of 2012, was also signed into law. The bill adds drugs like synthetic marijuana, and bath salts to the Controlled Substance Act and was considered an important step in making the drugs illegal and cracking down on individuals who produce and distribute them.