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Saturday, May 09, 2015
Stutzman Enters U.S. Senate Race
Third District Congressman Marlin Stutzman (R) threw his hat into the ring today to vie for the right to succeed Sen. Dan Coats. Surprisingly, only one other candidate has formally entered the race. Eric Holcomb, a career Republican campaign operative who previously managed Mitch Daniels' 2008 re-election campaign and served as Coats' chief of staff was the first announced candidate. Stutzman, a farmer, made his announcement in Roanoke, a small town in northeastern Indiana's Huntington County. Stutzman lost to Coats in a crowded GOP primary race in 2010, finishing a close second. Stutzman ran and won a special election race to replace former U.S. Rep. Mark Souder after he abruptly resigned after it was revealed he had an extramarital affair with a member of his staff.
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From what I've seen with this guy when he legislates the same way as he campaigns, unlike all the rest of the liars, you might not agree with him, so far he is the only one from Indiana who does this!
I'm interested in your opinion of Stutzman after reading what you have said about Holcomb.
Marlin is definitely preferable over Holcomb. Not sure who was responsible for getting out information on his campaign announcement, but they left Advance Indiana entirely off their list. He must be using the same lame operatives who did a horrible job for Jon Elrod.
I commented earlier, however I am not certain it was posted.
Usually I am fairly neutral (or numbed, perhaps) in my feelings and comments about politicians. I believe they really don’t represent people like me when they go to Washington or the Statehouse.
I attended a Stutzman fundraiser when he first ran for congress. He told me he planned to sleep in his office and return to his Indiana home on the weekend to see his family and constituents. He said it was critical. Also critical, he said, was that his children grew up in Indiana and got their educations there.
You might imagine my surprise, then, when within weeks after his election, the Star ran a small item about Marlin and Mrs. Marlin looking for suitable houses in the Arlington, Va. area.
So much for honesty. I could rail about hypocrisy, however that won’t change anything.
I guess we get the governance we deserve. My guess is that Marlin will be elected, then eventually retire as a multi millionaire without doing a day’s real work, much like Evan Bayh and Dan Coats.
I suppose we could do worse, but it would be an effort. Still, we've done it before.
Another Israel-firster who will represent the 51st state while living in NoVa and claiming to be a Hoosier.
"He must be using the same lame operatives who did a horrible job for Jon Elrod."
I thought Maverick Strategies was "out of business"??
"He told me he planned to sleep in his office and return to his Indiana home on the weekend to see his family and constituents."
Yeah they all say that until they find out the cost of airfare between Indy and DCA. Though its a little better now that Southwest Airlines has that route now. Then in Marlin's case it's a 3 hour car ride home from IND.
"Marlin and Mrs. Marlin looking for suitable houses in the Arlington, Va. area."
Guessing that was Mrs. Stutzman's idea.
They're still around, Mike. The name Maverick Strategies had such a bad name they shut it down and re-launched as Mark It Red.
Dear Mr Sir Hailstone:
You win. I guess it is unreasonable to expect an Indiana candidate for congress to actually research the cost and logistic factors before making a promise. That might indicate a level of intelligence. And Mrs. Marlin was actually standing next to him when he made the comments.
In light of previous Hoosiers we put into congress, he is likely neither better nor worse.
The 2010 Stutzman campaign was effective. He nearly won. I think (not 100% sure) that Derek Trovillion headed the social media effort. It'll be interesting to see if Stutzman can replicate the energy of his campaign from 6 years ago.
Maybe Stutzman can use his taxpayer funded "wealthfare" to pay his transportation costs.
"According to USDA spending reports, this program has cost the government $18.4 billion since 2000 and $1.8 billion in fiscal year 2012 alone.
Stutzman is no stranger to federal subsidies. The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization that tracks federal farm subsidies, received $190,226 in farm subsidies between 1997 and 2011. But in 2010, Stutzman told an Indiana newspaper that he is opposed to the subsidy system as it manipulates the market. Yet, he continued to collect checks.
“The point is it’s the farm system. They’re going to send me a check here in a couple of weeks, and you know what? I’m going to deposit it. I don’t like it. I don’t like the system,” Stutzman said."
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Well, I oppose the concept of Social Security, but when I can draw from it I will take it. Philosophical opposition to something doesn't mean one must reject it in everyday practice.
I did not suggest Mr. Stutzman refuse the special interest subsidies he receives. It is clear from his own words that he will continue to keep our tax dollars. My suggestion was for Mr. Stutzman to use the payments for transportation costs. These special-interest, taxpayer-funded payments make it even easier for Mr. Stutzman to keep his promise to his constituents. This seems to be very little to ask from an American citizen that receives both a paycheck and extra, no-work payments from the federal government.
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