Indiana Republican Sen. Richard Lugar has been preparing for an intra-party challenge since he was first elected, but recently, questions have popped up about his residency and commitment to Indiana.The six-term senator and his wife maintain their year-round residence in suburban Alexandia, Virginia, a short distance from the nation's capital.
Asked if Lugar lived in a hotel when he returned to Indiana, Lugar senior adviser Mark Helmke said, "That's correct."
Lugar owns a farm in the Hoosier State that he's been tending for decades. His siblings own parts of the farm, but he still works on it once a month with his son, even though he doesn't live there.
As for the living conditions on the farm, Helmke joked, "The place is pretty rustic."
Asked how Lugar's team would respond if challenged about his residency, Helmke shot back, "We'll be happy to talk about the farm."
"It's not an issue. They can try to make it an issue. We'll be happy to talk about the farm and what it means to him," Helmke said.
Lugar is awaiting a tough primary challenge from state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, but he has been dogged in defense of his record. In fact, he told the tea party to "get real" earlier this year.
While the tea party might be looking to take down Lugar, those close to Mourdock are more concerned with Lugar's more recent past as a Beltway insider, and Mourdock claims to be a little bit outside the tea party mantle.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Lugar Lives In Hotel While Visiting Indiana
Realclearpolitics.com has a story you won't read in mainstream news media reports in Indiana about Sen. Richard Lugar that is sure to only bolster the arguments of his opponents that he has been in Washington too long. Erin McPike confirms in her report that Lugar stays in a hotel during his return visits to the Hoosier state.