Skip to comments.Lugar makes last ditch appeal to save Senate career
Posted on 05/08/2012 3:56:23 PM PDT by mdittmar
INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - Senator Richard Lugar appealed to Democrats to cross party lines and vote for him in the Indiana Republican primary on Tuesday, in a last ditch effort to save his 35-year Senate career from a Tea Party backed rival who accuses him of being too supportive of President Barack Obama.
"I've asked very candidly for support from all Hoosiers. Not just Republicans, but Democrats and independents. I'm asking for the Republican Party to expand," Lugar said at his campaign headquarters in Indianapolis on Tuesday, where two dozen volunteers rang a bell each time a voter pledged to vote for the senator.
The defeat of Lugar, one of the most prominent voices on foreign policy in Congress, would be the first loss by a Senate incumbent in the 2012 elections and would mark a major victory for the Tea Party movement to reduce the size of the federal government.
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Uh oh! You hear that, Lisa? Your plan won't work!
Maybe it’s the food...
They come to Washington with fire in their belly, and leave with lead in their butt.
Well, he has breathed the toxic fumes emanating from Washington DC all these years, and gone to those dinner parties...
Mourdock sounds like the bad wizard in the next Lord of the Rings ripoff
I can’t think of a better term than “last ditch” for this useless POS and what I’d like to see happen for him. Just as long as it’s “last”.
[ Surely you cant be serious. ]
I am serious and Don’t call me Shirley!
Oh and just found out Lugar has been primaried out!
This what a resident of Indiana, conservativegramma, posted back last May:
I live in Indiana. Indiana has a sore loser law.
Under Indiana Code 3-8-1-5.5 states:
Candidates defeated in primary or nomination process; ineligibility
Sec. 5.5. (a) Except as provided in IC 3-13-1-19 and IC 3-13-2-10 for filling a vacancy on a ticket, a person who:
(1) is defeated in a primary election;
(2) appears as a candidate for nomination at a convention and is defeated;
(3) files a declaration of candidacy for nomination by a county, city, or town convention and is defeated; or
(4) files a declaration of candidacy for nomination by a caucus conducted under IC 3-13-1 or IC 3-13-2 and is defeated;
is not eligible to become a candidate for the same office in the next general or municipal election.
The exception in IC 3-13-1-19 states: “Sec. 19. A person who was defeated in a primary election or in a town or state convention is eligible to be appointed by the political party that the person affiliated with by voting in the most recent primary election held by that party. The person selected may fill any vacancy on the party’s ticket as a candidate in any general, municipal, or special election following that primary election or convention in which the vacancy occurred. However, a person is not disqualified from appointment under this section for not having voted in the most recent primary election if the appointee is certified as a member of that party by the county chairman for the county in which the appointee resides.” As added by P.L.5-1986, SEC.9. Amended by P.L.3-1987, SEC.423; P.L.3-1993, SEC.226.
The exception in IC-3-13-2-10 states: “Sec. 10. A person who was defeated in a primary election or in a town or state convention is eligible to be appointed by the person’s own political party to fill any vacancy on the party’s ticket as a candidate in any general, municipal, or special election following that primary election or convention.” As added by P.L.5-1986, SEC.9. Amended by P.L.3-1987, SEC.427.
In other words the only way Lugar can run as an independent candidate or 3rd party candidate is if he DOESN’T run in the Republican primary. He would have to run initially for that other 3rd or independent party FIRST and then win that party’s primary. Once defeated he cannot run again for the same office until the next election cycle.
And the only way Lugar can run after being defeated in the GOP primary is through a vacancy. Example: In 2012 his opposing primary candidate for the Republican Party is Richard Mourdock. Should Mourdock win and then subsequently die, withdraw, or be disqualified due to a criminal conviction, etc.; THEN and only THEN could the IN GOP appoint Lugar as the candidate to fill that vacancy.
So in other words as long as Lugar runs in the Republican party, and as long as he is defeated by Mourdock, and then so long as Mourdock stays healthy and remains qualified, then Lugar can’t run as an independent (or any other party) nor can he fill any vacancies on the GOP ticket.
22 posted on May 15, 2011 7:41:10 PM EDT by conservativegramma
Openly calling on Democrats to cross over and vote for him is sociopathic. A normal person would fight the good fight and take the result.
He got desperate and that's how many people act when they get desperate. If he had any chance of winning before, he lost it with this.
But some people had contempt for him long before this, and that wasn't really merited. 36 years in the Senate and he was far from the worst one in there.
It was also not the point being debated.
I smell a sphincter.
Do you suppose he’ll retire to his family farm in Indiana?
I am sure that on any given issue he probably voted the way I wanted him to more than 50% of the time, However, I never recall having seen him discuss anything on a talk show that would put him in the bad graces of the leftist media. He, like so many of these RINOs, play to the Washington insider crowd. That is what makes this so sweat to see him go. Maybe a few other Senators will realize that the TEA party is gonna chop them off at the knees before the lefty media is. They can now spend some time and ponder whether they want to pander to the "adult" crowd in Washington and get nice write ups in Time magazine or whether they want their seat.
Lugar’s new theme song should be, “Indiana don’t want me/Lord I can’t go back there....”
Sweet , sweat, sweep, swill, whatever.
i proudly voted for mourdock . lugar sat back and did NOTHING to defend our country from BHO
he’s not ....... i hope
Looks like backing Cruz in TX is the next best Conservative bet, after giving Walker a win in WI.
I suspect he will. However, he’s already doing his best to damage us now by supporting the frightful LOST treaty, so he might not be able to do that much more damage than he’s already decided to do. That, IMHO, will be more than offset by the warning his massive defeat sends to all the other RINOS—they DAMN BETTER WELL listen to and respect the Tea Party if they want to keep their jobs.