For those of you who live in Indiana, or have followed politics for any period of time, you know that Senator Richard Lugar is no conservative. In fact, he appeared in an Obama campaign ad, served as an honorary member of Obama’s inaugural committee, and has been dubbed by some as “Obama’s Favorite Republican”. Ouch.
Here is an example of Senator Lugar’s less-than-stellar record:
Voted in support of the START treaty with Russia
Voted to confirm liberal Supreme Court nominees Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor
Voted to confirm Attorney General Eric Holder
Co-sponsored the Dream Act (Lugar did withdraw co-sponsorship this year, but still supports the legislation)
Supports assault weapons ban and has a rating of 18 with the Gun Owners of America in 2010 (compare this to Jim Demint with 100, Dan Burton with 91, Michele Bachmann and Mike Pence with 82)
Supports abortion in instances of rape, incest and when the life of the mother is endangered
Interest Group Ratings:
Has an NRA rating of D+
Has a Gun Owners of America rating of F
Supported interests of AFL-CIO 18% in 2010, 33% in 2009
Supported interests of Planned Parenthood 17% in 2009
Supported interests of the Human Rights Campaign (a civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality) 30% in 2009-2010
See more of these ratings for Lugar and other elected representatives here.
The good news is Richard Lugar will finally have a primary opponent in the 2012 election, by current Indiana Treasurer, Richard Mourdock. Mourdock is serving his second term as Treasurer, and has also served two terms as Commissioner in Vanderburgh County. Mourdock also brings 30 years of executive experience in the energy, construction, and environmental industries.
Richard Mourdock is a solid Christian, pro-life conservative with a strong fiscal record. He is also an outspoken advocate of the Constitution and individual property rights. During the auto industry bailouts, which Mourdock adamantly opposed, he pursued a case on behalf of Indiana pensioners to the U.S. Supreme Court. I met Mr. Mourdock at a tea party rally last fall, and was amazed as his knowledge of American history/politics. (I wish I had paid more attention in history class…) He also spoke at the 9-12 taxpayer tea party rally in Washington in 2009.
I’m looking forward to this fight. Lugar is more vulnerable than he’s ever been, and there are reports that this race is going to set fundraising records for an Indiana primary. I’m confident that Mourdock can garner the necessary support from Republican/conservative Hoosiers and defeat Senator Lugar. This is definitely a race to watch!
Click here for more information on Richard Mourdock.