Thursday, March 06, 2008

Lugar Urges Voters To Support Jon Elrod

Sen. Richard Lugard (R-IN) is featured in a direct mail piece in the 7th District congressional race urging voters to support Republican Jon Elrod, which was paid for by the Indiana Republican Party. Unlike Indiana's other senator, who is stumping for Andre Carson, Lugar, a former Indianapolis mayor, has served Indiana for decades in the Senate without using his position to personally self-enrich himself. "His intelligence, passion and energy will represent Hoosiers well in Washington, focused on issues that are important to the citizens of the 7th District," Lugar says in the mailer. "Jon Elrod is someone I want with me in Congress." Don't forget the 7th District candidates will have a televised debate tonight at 7:30 p.m. on WISH-TV. Unfortunately, the panel is stacked with pro-Carson journalists Jim Shella and Amos Brown.

UPDATE: I just got through listening to the debate. It was extremely disappointing. This format produces nothing but a string of sound bites from each of the candidates. I heard nothing from any of them which is worth the effort it would take to comment. Enough said.


Anonymous said...

This is a great endoresement for Elrod. Lugar was a loved mayor and has been a great senator.

How about you make your next blog about that fool Beth White and yet again another election goof up.

Gary R. Welsh said...

I couldn't ascertain enough from the Star's online report about her latest goof to suggest it was anything but a misprinting error. As I read the article, the 1,000 misprinted postcards didn't misidentify the voter's polling location.

Anonymous said...

I already voted, no need to watch the bull. Do you think Sexist Andre will make comments on raising the minimum wage to $12? What a fool!

Anonymous said...

It was not a Beth White error. It did not come from her office. The error was actually made by a republican employee in the Voter Registration office not the clerk's office. I am not a Beth White fan but this was a republican error.

Anonymous said...

An excellent mail piece! Our Senior Senator didn't have to do this piece with Candidate Elrod.
Compare this with our other Senator who HAD to do a piece for Carson.
Lugar doesn't need the inner city black vote. Bayh does.
Enough said.

Anonymous said...

Does Andre have ties with terrorists?

Anonymous said...

9:05, Andre Carson accepted money from one American Muslim who the US Government has identified as having ties with terrorist groups. There presumably are others that have given Carson money but that information sgould be forthcoming in a couple of days.
As a disclaimer, Carson's campaign manager did advise Carson to send that one contributor's money back which Carson did, although reluctantly.
Needless to say, I will not be voting for Carson now. Some things can be overlooked but this can't.

Anonymous said...

Before we canonize St. Lugar, here are some facts:

While a senator in 1981, he voted for a specific provision of a farm bill, that exempted certain family farm businesses from some taxes and export requirements. It enriched him and his family business substantially.

It was written in that familiar Senate language that indicates a certain company, of a certain size, without naming the company. But it was Lugar's family firm, the Thomas L. Green Co. I believe their product was dairy equipment, but I could be wrong.

He also served on the IPS Board while that district criminally ignored inner-city schools, which started white flight.

He also began a program of ignoring public employee pension long-term obligations, in full or in part, which was carried through to 2005. The cumulative effect---well, we'll be paying for it for a long time. The cure involved legislative intervention and more taxes.

I am very thankful for Lugar's international experience and the respect commanded on that front. The work he did with former Sen. Nunn on nuclear nonproliferation was ground-breaking (and co-sponsored last year in its continuation phase, by that new senator from Illinois, Barack Obama).

But let's not make him a saint just yet, huh?

That said, I am glad he did this endorsement for Jon. It should help Jon, who alrady has my vote.

I just grow weary of the lofty Lugar claims...a throwback to reality is sometimes needed.

(Stepping off soapbox)

Gary R. Welsh said...

anon 9:29, I know that Lugar was worth about a million dollars went he went to the Senate in 1977. Today's he worth a little more than $2 million. Evan Bayh went into government about a decade later owning a $50,000 condo in downtown Indy and a used BMW. He's now worth at least $15 million. The farm program change you reference personally benefitted the Lugar family very little and was a benefit which accrued to many similarly-situated family farms. How many people got in on all the insider stock deals and cozey corporate board appointments Evan and Susan have benefitted from? There's nothing remotely similar to the path Lugar has taken on these matters while in government service compared to the self-serving, self-enriching path Bayh has chosen.

Anonymous said...

I am surprised that when the question of what federal program they would eliminate that Sean Shepard did not say the IRS and promote the Fair tax idea ? When I heard the question I was SURE he was going to mention that.

The question about what committee would they want to be on was pretty stupid - Don't Freshman congressmen get ASSIGNED to a committee by the party leadership. They may ask for a certain one but they usually start at the bottom and work their way up.

Anonymous said...

Jon is so dreamy