Skip to comments.Indiana GOP lines up behind Richard Lugar's primary challenger
Posted on 02/21/2011 3:39:55 PM PST by SeekAndFind
Indiana State Treasurer, Richard Mourdock will launch his primary challenge to Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) on Tuesday with the support of a majority of both the state's 92 Republican county chairmen and its state party executive committee, he told the Fix in a recent interview.
"I feel bad that he's going to be humiliated by this list," Mourdock said.
Mourdock added that he believes Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) and Rep. Mike Pence (R), the party's two leading figures in the Hoosier State, are going to stay neutral in the primary -- though Daniels, who was Lugar's campaign manager three different times, has already committed to voting for the senator.
That such a large contingent of the party establishment should come out against or withhold support from an incumbent senator is highly unusual and reflects the difficult path ahead for Lugar in advance of the May 8, 2012, primary fight. It also suggests there is a clear path to victory for Mourdock.
Mourdock will officially launch his campaign with a six-city tour.
He said that running for Senate is not necessarily anything that he wanted to do or planned to do, but that he felt he needed to. "I'm the best-poised person in Indiana to do it right now," Mourdock said. "I kind of wish somebody else was, but I'm it."
In launching his campaign, Mourdock becomes the latest conservative primary candidate to run against a Republican incumbent. Last cycle, three incumbent senators lost renomination; two of them lost to tea party-backed candidates.
But Mourdock is clear on one thing: he is not running as a tea party candidate. While he welcomes the support of tea party groups and says he expects them to coalesce around his campaign, he recognizes the limitations of being defined as a tea party candidate.
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Couldn’t happen to a nicer, more arrogant p$!@^.
Mourdock should bring his A-Team to town to take care of that arrogant RINO Lugar.
I would ask Lugar this question.
If you get beat in the primary, and you decide to run as an independent, would you be better off switching parties now so the people of Indiana get to see you for what you really are?
This happened in Maryland’s 1st congressional district. Almost the entire state’s republican establishment went against the rino incumbent. (Except Mike Steele of course) When the conservative beat the rino in the primary, the rino endorsed the dem in the general election. The dem won that year, but this last election the conservative (Harris)won the rematch.
Beware of defeated and pissed rinos.
Suffers from the same disease as the new former senator from Pennsylvania, old age.
Is this the establishment’s way of pre-empting an authentic Tea Party candidate by putting up one of their own?
They can stop the outsiders from taking out insider Lugar by claiming the conservative grassroots tea party mantle with this guy who’s really an insider in drag.
I have no idea what you’re saying: you’re talkin’ like a damned Democrat!
What's going on with Lugar has nothing to do with politics ~ he's just plain SENILE. Too many corks been popped in his presence or something.
“I have no idea what youre saying”
That’s a serious problem. If you read the words the MSM feeds you, without 1st determining the intent, then you are an easy dupe.
I’ve seen your posts on here for quite a while though, and I don’t think so.
A lot of posters, they read some setup line from the MSM, like the above, and run off reacting to it.
You do realize we’re not dealing with news any more, right? It’s purely citizen management. News disappeared a long time ago.
It’s pretty low of you to hit someone with a damn “democrat” attack like that.
Bye Bye Lugar
I am from Indiana. Be very careful here. The source is the Washington Post. They are creating a situation where you would not vote for either.
Lugar must go. If we need someone other than this Mourdock fellow, stand up now.
Bye Bye Lugar
Dear Mr. Lugar.
Enjoy your retirement——and take Hatch with you.
I apologize for the “damned Democrat” accusation.
But you are quite Byzantine in your post, and I’ve always considered engineering types to be, ahem, generally logical in their speech and thought processes.
Is there a “sore loser” law in Indiana to prevent another Alaska write in debacle?
If not, time to pass one ASAP.
I was trying to get in quick before a familiar sight appeared - comments purely reacting to the attempted MSM split/divide play. It didn’t happen this time, probably because the split/divide play was buried deep in the ~4th paragraph.
Dear fellow Freeper, if I was capable of discerning intent and reading minds, I would have married.
I’m without much in the way of subtlety.
Lugar is but one of many RINO turds that need to go down in primaries
If you can’t spot MSM intent after years on FR,,,, I can’t begin to understand that..
My understanding is that Indiana has a sore loser law. If Lugar loses the primary, he can’t run in the general. Of course, he could still decide to endorse the Democrat.
When they write that sentence, they do so hoping to simultaneously denigrate the tea party, and split them from this guy.
I think you are seeing things you want to see. Mourdock is clearly trying to run as conservative who just happens to get Tea Party support - and will welcome it.
I see the WaPo using actual quotes from Mourdock whereas your post is, well, all supposition based on what?
Just keep up all that tough talk about the TEA party Senator Lugar,(may I call you Dick?)