Political Notebook


Pro-Lugar business group backing Mourdock

The National Federation of Independent Business announced Thursday that it has endorsed "former State Treasurer Richard Mourdock" for a U.S. Senate seat from Indiana.

Mourdock, the Republican candidate for Senate, is actually in the second year of his second four-year term as state treasurer. He faces Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., in the Nov. 6 general election.

"There aren't many decisions easier than the one our members have made to ensure that Richard Mourdock is elected to the United States Senate," NFIB President and Chief Executive Officer Dan Danner said in a statement. "With $16 trillion in debt and annual deficits that exceed $1 trillion, there has never been a more important time for the country to elect fiscal conservatives who understand small business."

Mourdock defeated six-term Sen. Richard Lugar in the May 8 Republican primary election. During the campaign, Lugar touted the fact that the NFIB had given him a 100 percent score on his voting record every year since 1995 and "consistently" had named him a Guardian of Small Business.

The NFIB did not endorse a candidate in the GOP primary, a federation spokeswoman said in an email.

According to its news release, NFIB State Director Barbara Quandt of Indianapolis "said that Mourdock clearly understands the needs and concerns of Indiana small-business owners."

In April, Quandt called Lugar and Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., "champions of free enterprise." And in March, Quandt joined Lugar and state officials at a news conference to discuss Indiana's challenge to the federal health care law.

Quandt is a former board member for the Richard C. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series, which provides political leadership training to Hoosier women. She also is a graduate of the series.