Ice Sculpture created for Senator Dick Lugar's primary victory celebration. Image Credit: NBC's Kelly O'Donnell
In Indiana, Sen. Dick Lugar's Political Career Put On Ice At Age 80
Can anyone believe that the Tea Party is just an "astro-turf" political/cultural movement that has outlived its time in the functional protest limelight?
Tonight, Senator Dick Lugar doesn't think so. After 6, six-year terms, and running for a 7th, lost the ability to represent the Republican political party for one of the State of Indiana's two federal Senatorial seats. He was swept aside by a challenge from Richard Mourdock.
Richard Mourdock had a successful 30 year career in the private sector, managing
businesses in the energy, environmental and construction industries. He
also served two terms as County Commissioner of Vanderburgh County.
Mourdock became a viable challenger for the Senate seat after he proved as Indiana’s State Treasurer that he had been an integral part of the state’s fiscal health. His leadership earned over $1 billion in investment income for
taxpayers and successfully expanded the state’s college savings plan.
At the same time, his office has returned an average of 10% of his
budget back to the Treasury each year.
Richard Mourdock out on the campaign trail. Image Credit: NBC's Kelly O'Donnell
Richard Mourdock also became known nation-wide for leading the legal fight to
challenge the Obama Administration’s illegal bailout and takeover of
Chrysler. Richard took this case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court
on behalf of Indiana pensioners. Further, his conservative message of constitutionally limited government
was heard by over one million people in attendance during the Glenn Beck promoted 9-12 March on Washington
So what has current Senator Dick Lugar done to gain the positive attention of the Tea Party activists throughout Indiana? Well, he spent his last full day on the stump defending earmarks, touting that he
won over a pair of voters who saw him as the “least worst of the two”
and pinning his hopes on the unlikely scenario that Democrats and
independents will turn out in higher-than-expected numbers to hand him a victory.
Mourdock was endorsed by Sarah Palin
and Rep. Michele Bachmann
, and Lugar had the backing of the party establishment, including Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels
and Sen. John McCain
Six-term Senator Dick Lugar throwing darts out on the stump. Image Credit: NBC's Kelly O'Donnell
To be honest, we at MAXINE believe, no human should be allowed to hold any office, elected, or otherwise, past the age of 70 years old. Senator Dick Lugar is 80 years old and was hoping to be able to occupy the office for another six years!
Lugar, known as one of the more centrist members of the Senate, was
befriended by Barack Obama during his time in the Senate. Obama touted
the friendship during his 2008 campaign for president, angering some of
The Senate’s longest-serving Republican,
Lugar also suffered a blow earlier this year when a panel in Indiana
ruled that he was ineligible to vote in his former home district because
he no longer lived there.
I guess we will just have to say, Dick Lugar's political career, tonight, has been put on ice.
The real trick now that the Tea Party has brought down one of the centrist stalwarts of the Senate, long seen as a Republican not holding strongly to fiscal and constitutional matters, can they carry this momentum forward to the general election against Democrat political party Rep. Joe Donnelly
, a three-term congressman from the South Bend area, this fall. The matchup is a preferred outcome for Democrats
, who view Lugar’s ouster as an opportunity to pick up a longtime Republican seat.
This contest will show if the Tea Party is dormant or if the protest movement has just moved from demonstrating in front of City Halls to electing Conservative answer based, solutions-oriented representatives to bring America back to its citizens and not the political class who have given us all a 16 Trillion dollar debt.
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