Skip to comments.Mourdock gets Indiana Right to Life endorsement; Lugar gets unhelpful Specter shout-out
Posted on 03/22/2012 3:01:58 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
The Indiana Right to Life political action committee has endorsed Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R) in his bid to unseat Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.).
Lugar, on the other hand, got some unhelpful praise from former Sen. Arlen Specter (Pa.), a Republican-turned-Democrat loathed by most conservatives.
"We cannot afford to give Richard Lugar the opportunity to help place one more activist judge like Elena Kagan or Sonia Sotomayor onto the United States Supreme Court," Indiana Right to Life Chairman Mike Fichter said in a statement. "Richard Lugar will give the President his rubber stamp approval for any nominee put forward for the Supreme Court, just as he did when he voted to confirm Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. Richard Mourdock, on the other hand, understands the dangers of judicial activism and will firmly oppose any Supreme Court nominee who does not hold to a conservative judicial philosophy that is rooted in the United States Constitution."
The conservative anti-abortion-rights group is the latest to back Mourdock over Lugar: The National Rifle Association, FreedomWorks, The Club for Growth and other conservative groups are already in his corner. A recent Democratic poll showed Mourdock trailing Lugar by six points.
Specter, appearing on C-SPAN Monday morning, gave a shout-out to Lugar. When he took a call from an Indiana voter, he responded by saying "Vote for Dick Lugar." The caller then said he was likely planning to, leading to a smile from Specter.
The former Pennsylvania senator, an avowed centrist, has long been hated by conservatives: he barely warded off a GOP primary challenge from now-Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) in 2004, and when Toomey planned another run in 2010 Specter left the party, became a Democrat and voted for a number of Obama's key legislative achievements, including Democrats' health insurance overhaul.
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This is just priceless, these two fitting endorsements coming on the same day. Lugar got blindsided twice.
At least I have something to thank that sack of crap Arlen for.
This highlights why Lugar needs to be put out to pasture.
I remember election night in 1980, when the networks called Indiana Senate race for Lugar at 6:17 local time (i.e. polls barely closed) and it was the kickoff for a wonderful evening with Reagan winning and the GOP taking the Senate. What happens to people when they stay in Washington too long?
Wouldn’t it be priceless if Arlen Specter were to inadvertantly cause a TEA Party conservative to be elected this year?
Shouldn’t Lugar be running for Senator of DC since he doesn’t even have residency in IN?
You have a very good point. Many in Indiana are asking themselves the same thing.
It was Dan Quayle who won the 1980 IN Senate race (over longtime incumbent Birch Bayh); Lugar was first elected in 1976, and was first reelected in 1982.
Just in the last few days, Lugar has been declared ineligible to vote using his old IN address from over 30 years ago that he’d been using illegaly for decades, saw IN Right to Life endorse Mourdock, received an unwanted endorsement from Arlen Specter, and was forced to return money for which he had bilked taxpayers when he stayed at IN hotel rooms during his “visits” to the state while the Senate was not in session. For the first time, I have the feeling that it’s actually going to happen—Lugar is going down. I always thought that Mourdock had a chance, but at this rate Mourdock should take the lead right before the primary and put a stake through Lugar’s heart.
Specter must not be too bright. Or else is secretly trying to hurt Lugar. ;p
Everything has gone wrong for RINO Lugar lately, including having to reimburse the taxpayers for charging them for personal stays in luxury hotels and flip-flopping on 2nd Amendment issues. I feel better about this race every day.
....these two fitting endorsements coming on the same day. Lugar got blindsided twice.
But, he’s leading in the polls by 6 points. It’s hard to beat an incumbent, but I believe that if these groups, that have endorsed him, can rally the troops....it’s hasta la vista baby for tricky Dick.
I remember election night in 1980, when the networks called Indiana Senate race for Lugar at 6:17....
1980???? I think you’re confused my friend. If he was elected in 1980 and Senate terms are 6 years, he would not be up for reelection until 2016. Actually, he was first elected in 1976. He was NOT announced as winning a Senate seat in 1980 because he did not run in 1980. His next election was 1982 and then 1988 and then 1994......2000......2006.....2012
Speaking of that, have you heard where that $4500 figure came from? I find it hard to believe he only expensed $4500 over 10 years while staying at the downtown Marriott. Either he’s lying about the amount or he’s only stayed in Indiana approximately one or two days per year. Neither should make a very good impression on voters.
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