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Lugar hits mailing of Mourdock nod

– Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., is disputing a mailer claiming he supports Republican Richard Mourdock and reiterating he will not campaign for the tea-party backed opponent who unseated him in May.

Lugar spokesman Andy Fisher said Wednesday the piece was “clearly unauthorized” and comes from a group that spent $100,000 against Lugar in the primary. Terre Haute lawyer Jim Bopp’s independent political action committee, USA Super PAC, sent the mailer to Hoosier voters this week.

Bopp said in a statement that as an independent group, USA Super PAC “does not consult with any candidates or public officials about its mailings.” Bopp also said the group’s primary election mailers “were positive support for Mourdock, not attacks on Lugar.”

The new mailer states, “Indiana’s Lugar backs Mourdock in Senate run,” and it includes photos of Lugar and Mourdock. Bopp’s statement noted that Lugar said after his loss to Mourdock, “I hope my opponent prevails in November to contribute to a Republican majority.”

Mourdock has continued to try to win Lugar’s mantle in the general election – claiming in Monday’s debate that he had been endorsed by the senator – but Lugar has kept him at arms-length throughout the campaign.

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