Senate hopefuls Stutzman, Young and Holcomb speak in Rochester

(A Presidential Debate schedule and transcripts are here. – Admin.) GOP’s hopefuls converge here By Wesley Dehne, Staff Writer 10/16/15 It was a banner year for the annual Lincoln Day Dinner, as larger than normal numbers of local, state and federal Republican party politicians and officials gathered at the Fulton County Museum on Wednesday. Keynote speakers included Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, R-2nd Dist., Congressman Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd Dist., Congressman Todd Young, R-9th Dist. and former Indiana State Republican Chairman Eric Holcomb. Also, other state-level officeholders or their representatives … Continue reading

Top aides leaving Rep. Marlin Stutzman’s Senate campaign

(Additional content has been posted regarding Ben Carson’s comments about a Muslim as President. – Admin.) Campaign manager Brendon DelToro is leaving in a disagreement over the direction of the campaign. By Maureen Groppe, Star Washington Bureau 10/12/15 WASHINGTON — The top aide running Rep. Marlin Stutzman’s Senate campaign is leaving in a disagreement over the direction of the campaign, and two other top aides also are departing. “It comes down to Marlin and I just had different visions for how the direction of the campaign was going,” said … Continue reading

Conservative Republican Battles Ghost of 2012 in Indiana Senate Race

Indiana GOP primaries have favored conservatives in recent years, and Rep. Marlin Stutzman is very conservative. But he has to assuage Republican fears about what happened in the last Senate race.
By Andrea Drusch

Indiana Republicans have more reasons than most to fear messy intraparty primaries. They had a front-row seat to one with infamous consequences just three years ago.

In 2012, tea-party groups lined up behind state Treasurer Richard Mourdock in a primary against the state’s longtime, more moderate incumbent, Sen. Richard Lugar. The rest of the story is painfully familiar to Republicans around the country: Mourdock defeated Lugar in a Republican primary landslide, only to fumble away the general election after controversial comments about rape. The seat that Lugar held for more than three decades (and had been expected to hold easily again that year) instead went to Joe Donnelly, then a Democratic congressman.

So to some party leaders, watching some of the same groups that backed Mourdock in 2012 line up behind Rep. Marlin Stutzman, a conservative House member who’s been known to ruffle a few feathers in Washington, feels like a dangerous turn of events. But, with recent Indiana history in mind, some of Stutzman’s early moves in the race to replace retiring Sen. Dan Coats soften the “tea-party establishment” dividing line that has caused so many state Republicans worry in recent years…
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ERIC HOLCOMB LAUNCHES (INDIANA) US SENATE CAMPAIGN 3/27/15 Eric Holcomb, a former advisor to Governor Mitch Daniels and U.S. Senator Dan Coats, former Indiana Republican Party chairman and United States Navy veteran, announced today his candidacy for the United States Senate in 2016. Holcomb, who until recently served as Senator Coats’ state chief of staff, was joined during the announcement by his wife, Janet, and an enthusiastic group of supporters from across the state. “The encouragement from friends, colleagues and supporters to launch this campaign has been overwhelming and encouraging,” said Holcomb. “I’m an optimist. I … Continue reading