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Thursday, March 15, 2018 2:50 pm

Messer, Pence's brother to campaign in Fort Wayne

BRIAN FRANCISCO | The Journal Gazette

U.S. Rep. Luke Messer, who seeks the Republican nomination for a U.S. Senate seat from Indiana, will campaign Monday in Fort Wayne with a brother of Vice President Mike Pence.

Messer, R-6th, and Greg Pence, a candidate for the Republican nomination to replace Messer in the House, will be at Allen County Republican Party Headquarters, 135 W. Main St., at noon Monday for a "meet and greet" event, according to Messer's campaign. People wishing to attend should RSVP at eventbrite.com.

Messer, Rep. Todd Rokita, R-4th, and former state lawmaker Mike Braun are candidates in the May 8 primary election for the GOP Senate nomination. The winner will face Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in the Nov. 6 general election.

Greg Pence is among 11 candidates – five Republicans and six Democrats – for their parties' nominations in east-central and southeast Indiana's 6th Congressional District.

Meantime, Braun announced Thursday a legislative plan called "Get Washington Moving Again." His proposals include enacting congressional term limits, banning former members of Congress from lobbying, eliminating congressional pensions, requiring federal legislators to "follow the same laws as everyone else" and banning "pork barrel spending," also known as earmarks – the process of authorizing federal funds for pet projects in lawmakers' home states or districts.

Congress has prohibited earmarks since 2011, and fact-checkers including PolitiFact and FactCheck.org have labeled as false, outdated or misleading the persistent claims that lawmakers are exempt from obeying many laws they pass.

Braun, who is largely self-financing his Senate campaign, said in a statement his plan would "end the perks that allow people to make a career out of serving in office and hold politicians accountable to the folks who elected them, not the special interests and insiders that bankroll their campaigns."

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