(A Presidential Debate schedule and transcripts are here. – Admin.) GOP’s hopefuls converge here RochSent.com 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
(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. IndyStar.com 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
(Young’s campaign website will be found here.) IndyStar.com By Maureen Groppe, Star Washington Bureau 7/12/15 Rep. Todd Young officially announced Sunday he’s seeking the GOP nomination to run for the Senate, promising “responsible conservative leadership” that he defines as less stridency and political pageantry, and more “getting things done.” “I’m a pro-life, pro-gun Marine that wants to repeal and replace Obamacare,” Young said in an interview Sunday before announcing his campaign by video. “I think that’s going to be very appealing among Republicans.” Young, whose district runs from the southern … Continue reading
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…