We are five proud former chairmen of the Indiana Republican Party – a party founded on individual freedom and conservative principles. We endorse Sen. Dick Lugar, because he lives these philosophies every day.
Some believe that because Lugar doesnt pound his desk or hurl personal insults, he isnt conservative enough. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Lugar has a long-standing record of supporting free enterprise, rights of the unborn and the right to bear arms. Thats why the Chamber of Commerce supports Lugar and why he has a 100 percent voting record with National Right to Life and the Christian Coalition.
Lugar has been civil to President Obama, but not been afraid to stand up to him.
Lugar opposed the Obama-Pelosi-Reid so-called stimulus bill and voted 32 times against Obamacare. Lugar publicly challenged the president on jobs and energy, forcing Obama to move forward with the vital Keystone XL pipeline to produce more North American oil and 20,000 desperately needed jobs – including opportunities for 100 Indiana suppliers.
And Lugars opponents are wrong to suggest he isnt Hoosier enough. Lugar was born, raised and attended public schools in Indiana.
He served on a local school board and was elected mayor of his hometown, Indianapolis. He still operates the Indiana farm that has been in the family for generations. Lugar left his home state on just three occasions: to attend college, to serve in the U.S. Navy and to represent Indiana in the U.S. Senate.
Now, big-moneyed outside special interest groups that have no stake in Indiana are running political ads attacking Lugar and twisting his record. We hope you instead will consider the advice of those of us who know him best.
Furthermore, Republicans should question why Democrats are taking such active roles to beat Lugar in this GOP primary. Polls show their only possible path to victory is to not face Lugar in November.
Our country and state would be much better off with more Dick Lugars in the U.S. Senate. That is why we join Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels in urging fellow Hoosiers to vote for Lugar in Mays primary election and in Novembers general election.
Help us re-elect Sen. Dick Lugar.