Sen. Richard Lugar could have retired with dignity but chose to run again. As a Lugar supporter, I was disappointed he did not win the primary. (For full disclosure, he appointed me to West Point and has since helped me with issues for the Eastern Indiana Development District and for Henry County). However, unlike many Lugar supporters, I immediately closed ranks behind the Republican primary winner, State Treasurer Richard Mourdock.
For what its worth, Mourdock is a fellow distance runner (so, too, is Lugar). Runners are among the most disciplined athletes, not only in their training, but also in their careers and personal lives. On a shoe-string budget, Mourdock may not have been able to run the most disciplined primary campaign. However, he has served well as a disciplined state treasurer who was unafraid to take on the Obama administration on state employee pensions and a variety of other issues that have benefited Indiana.
Lugar supporters especially should realize that sitting on your hands in this U.S. Senate election is a bad idea. Indiana has the most manufacturing-dependent economy in the nation. However, the Democratic nominee, Rep. Joe Donnelly, has voted with the National Association of Manufacturers only 56 percent of the time. Is such lukewarm support of industry really in the best interest of Indiana?
According to Congressional Quarterly, Donnelly has voted with President Obama 76 percent of the time, which is even more than he has with his party (73 percent of the time) and Nancy Pelosi. How reflective of Hoosier values are Obama and Pelosi?
Mourdock is a geologist by profession and was a Vanderburgh County commissioner; Donnelly is an attorney. Do we really need another lawyer in Congress? Our country would not be in its present state if we had more variety among the professions in Congress.
In my travels, I often visit countries whose economic progress has been held back by the gravy train of government spending, which robs from future generations so that present generations can live high on the hog.
It is bad enough that the U.S. has lost its AAA credit rating. Do we really want to continue to join the ranks of Argentina, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain in this vein? Our frugal state treasurer, Mourdock, will take to D.C. his disciplined approach to government spending.
It is time for all Lugar supporters to return to the fold and support Mourdock for U.S. Senate. The alternative is simply not a good fit for Indiana.