The Republican primary for Sen. Richard Lugar’s seat is apparently too close for comfort. Both Lugar’s campaign and the American Action Network are airing misleading attack ads against Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock, the senator’s challenger for the nomination. The ads strain the facts to make Mourdock look like a tax cheat who makes bad investments and does not show up for work.
- The AAN ad claims that “Hoosier pensions and other funds lost millions” because of Mourdock’s “big bet on junk bonds.” That’s an exaggeration. It’s true that three state funds that purchased Chrysler debt in 2008 lost money when that company went through bankruptcy in 2009. But Mourdock didn’t oversee the investments of the Indiana Teacher’s Retirement Fund, which is the only one that actually lost “millions.”
- Ads from both the AAN and the Lugar campaign fault Mourdock for receiving an illegal second homestead deduction on a condominium he purchased in 2006. But the previous owner of the property, not Mourdock, applied for the deduction. Mourdock claimed that he notified the county auditor’s office of the illegal deduction in 2007. And the county auditor’s office has actually said that it erred in not removing the credit.
- The AAN ad also says that Mourdock has “skipped 66 percent of his official board meetings.” That’s true, according to an analysis done by Howey Politics Indiana. In his defense, Mourdock’s office says that the treasurer or his designee sits on 13 boards and commissions, and that Mourdock is nearly always represented by a senior staff member when he doesn’t attend meetings personally.
The fact is that you simply cannot believe anything the mainstream political reporters are reporting on this Senate race. They are in bed with Lugar's re-election, and they will lie and distort everything associated with this campaign to besmirch Mourdock in their orchestrated effort to re-elect the out-of-touch Lugar, who has demonstrated throughout his political career that there is no unethical conduct he is not willing to engage in order to get what he wants. The same media that ran with this bogus computer hacking story won't even report on the fact that Lugar potentially committed multiple federal felonies by illegally billing taxpayers for his return trips to Indiana. The Democrats in the U.S. Senate will promptly announce the appointment of a special investigator to look into Lugar's illegal conduct if he wins re-nomination so that an otherwise safe Republican Senate seat can be handed to a Democratic candidate by default precisely the way the late Sen. Ted Stevens' seat was handed to a Democrat during the 2008 election.