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Originally posted at Ogden on Politics
During the primary contest between Senator Richard Lugar and State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, I met with a formerly-high ranking Republican state official. He had been for years a supporter of Lugar. No longer. He voiced a complaint I had heard for years from Indiana Republicans about Senator Richard Lugar. Lugar refused to endorse other Republican candidates. He refused to help them or the state party raise money. He refused to even let his name appear on signs jointly with other Republican candidates. But it just wasn't individual candidates. The state official said he hadn't been back to a state GOP Lincoln Day dinner for decades.
|Former Senator Richard Lugar|
In a meeting with another Republican official, I heard the story of GOP state party officials meeting with Lugar at a hotel and being shocked to find that was where Lugar was living on the rare occasions he would come back to Indianapolis.Then of course it came out that Lugar was, illegally, using a home he had sold approximately 25 years earlier as his residence for voting.
|Marion Mayor Wayne Seybold|
In light of Lugar's history, I find it the height of chutzpah that Lugar announced this morning he is endorsing Marion Mayor Wayne Seybold for State Treasurer. Now, after all these years, Lugar has finally decided to help out a Republican candidate, this time by telling Republican convention-goers they should support a Republican insider over two other Republicans for State Treasurer. Republicans should tell the good Senator thanks but no thanks.
About the Author:
I have been an attorney since the Fall of 1987. I have worked in every branch of government, including a stint as a Deputy Attorney General, a clerk for a judge on the Indiana Court of Appeals, and I have worked three sessions at the Indiana State Senate. During my time as a lawyer, I have worked not only in various government positions, but also in private practice as a trial attorney handing an assortment of mostly civil cases. I have also been politically active and run this blog in an effort to add my voice to those calling for reform.