Skip to comments.INDIANA’S LUGAR BACKS TEA PARTY MOURDOCK IN SENATE RUN
Posted on 09/24/2012 2:31:45 PM PDT by neverdem
In response to repeated queries from conservatives as to whether Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) is supporting the conservative Republican who defeated the 36-year incumbent for renomination this year, Human Events called Lugars office and asked whether the lameduck incumbent is backing State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, now locked in a tight contest with Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly.
Yes, the senator is supporting Treasurer Mourdock, Lugar press secretary Andy Fisher told us Friday. On the night of the Friday election (when Mourdock defeated Lugar by a margin of 3-to-2), he said he would vote for him in November.
Fisher also pointed out that, in July, Mourdock was introduced by the senator to a luncheon of Republican senators.
Confusion as to whether Lugar is supporting the Republican who defeated him stems from an interview with the senator and onetime Indianapolis mayor posted five days ago on IndyPolitics.org. In that interview, Lugar said he would not campaign in the fall for Mourdock, who won the nationally-watched Senate primary in May with strong backing from the tea party movement as well as most GOP county committees in the Hoosier State.
Ive not been a factor in the campaign, and I do not intend to do so, Lugar told the online political journal.
Spokesman Fisher confirmed to Human Events that the 80-year old Lugar indicated he wont do other activities in the fall campaign, but emphasized he is supporting Treasurer Mourdock.
Lugars position that he supports Mourdock but wont campaign in the fall is actually quite magnanimous compared to those of a number of the Republican senators who have been denied renomination since World War II. Sen. Robert LaFollette, Jr. (R-Wisc.), upset by U.S. Marine Corps veteran Joe McCarthy in the 1946 primary, simply wired his triumphant opponent a one-word statement: Congratulations. Senate GOP Whip Tom Kuchel, after losing the 1968 primary to Californias State Superintendent of Public Instruction Max Rafferty, actually let supporters float rumors he was available to replace Rafferty on the November ballot as the Republican nominees campaign began to flounder later in the summer. Liberal Republican Sen. Jacob Javits lost the 1980 primary in New York to Al DAmato and continued to campaign in the fall as the candidate of the states Liberal Party.
The latest statements from Lugars office comes at a time that the latest Howey-DePauw Poll showed Mourdock and Democrat Donnelly tied at 35 percent each among likely voters in Indiana. Obviously sensing a win, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee recently pumped in $516,000 on TV advertising in the state. The National Republican Senatorial Committee will launch a $650,000 TV broadside on Mourdocks behalf and both Republican Sens. Dan Coats (Ind.) and Rob Portman (Ohio) will campaign for Mourdock. GOP Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan appeared with Mourdock last week and urged Indiana voters to please, please elected him senator.
IIRC, Tailgunner Joe was in the Army Air Corps, not the Marine Corps.
Breaking news: Democrat backs republican!
First righteous thing he’s done in two decades.
He was a Marine.
How comforting! /s
“Fire Lugar” signs have been replaced by “Give Obama his freedom! Send him home!”
Lugar has regained an iota of respect from me - that’s an infinite increase over zero.
Tell me again, why should I care?
I reckon his true unscripted answer was “Yeah, I guess...kinda-sorta...ish...”
But hey, yes means yes!
Thanks for the correction. That tailgunner moniker made me assume Army Air Corps bombers. Douglas Dauntless dive bombers had machine guns facing the rear, but the guns and gunner were in the cockpit.
"Poll showed Mourdock and Democrat Donnelly tied at 35 percent each among likely voters in Indiana."
It's not a state the GOP can afford to lose.
Let's not forget to cite Mur-cow-sky.
Ever since that time astute observers have made sure to avoid looking at the polls 'cause sometimes, in Indiana, they mean less than nothing.
Having a giggle over the tied at 35%! That's my guess on the reality of the national poll for Obama v. Romney as well. They just aren't reporting the NONRESPONSIVES to us ~ but somebody in Indiana looks to have left them in.
You do know that 35% to 35% this late in the campaign season means that NEITHER candidate is terribly popular! It's a race to the bottom.
Lugar is 80. He was probably having trouble making it to the men’s room in the Senate as it is and now somebody wants him out in public walking around?
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1960; one of his assignments was as an intelligence briefer for Admiral Arleigh Burke. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant, Junior Grade.
An impressive achievement. Especially considering McCarthy died in 1957.
Lugar must be trying to sabotage Mourdock.
Lugar must be trying to sabotage Mourdock.
At least Mourdock now has ‘bipartisan’ support...
At that age (80), you'd think he would be grooming a successor just to keep the seat in GOP hands. But no, Mourdock had to pry the nomination out of Lugar's hands. Lugar is the living personification of the big ego that is commonly attributed to politicians.