On October 21st, FreedomWorks PAC officially endorsed Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock’s primary challenge against six-term incumbent Senator Dick Lugar.
A Republican primary endorsement against an incumbent Senator is not a proposition we take lightly. Our endorsement was made only after careful deliberation over the characteristics we look for in every candidate we evaluate:
- Will Mourdock stand and fight for limited government, free markets, and individual liberty? Yes.
- Is Mourdock a viable candidate with the campaign and fundraising prowess to win? Yes.
- Most importantly, do our Indiana members support Mourdock’s campaign? A resounding Yes.
On Mourdock’s candidacy and conservative credentials, the Washington Post wrote:
“Richard Mourdock is businessman who won the race for treasurer in 2006, a tough year for Republicans, and [led] the GOP ticket with more than 60 percent of the vote in 2010. He navigated the state through the financial crash and drew the attention of conservatives when he filed suit to try to block the auto bailout…Mourdock is a rock-ribbed Republican who lists Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) among those with whom he identifies. He cites Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) for the proposition that what Republicans need is 'quality, not quantity.' They could use both actually, and the opportunity to replace Lugar with Mourdock, who stands a good chance to win in a state the Obama camp has reportedly written off, has conservatives excited.”
If the Washington Post is quivering in fear, he must be good.
Lugar, however, is a disgrace:
...at age 79—after nearly 36 years in the Senate—Sen. Lugar has developed a knack for being routinely reckless with the causes to which he lends his name. That’s how he earned the title of “fourth most liberal Republican in the U.S. Senate.”
- Lugar voted for the Wall Street Bailout (TARP).
- Lugar voted to bailout Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
- Lugar voted to bailout and nationalize auto manufacturers.
- Lugar voted for the notorious 2008 stimulus bill.
- Lugar voted against banning earmarks.
- Lugar voted to mandate greenhouse gas emissions.
- Read more of Sen. Lugar’s record here.
If you have a few bucks to spare, visit Mourdock's site and kick in a fin or three.