Lugar ad hits rival on ethics charges
May 1st, 2012
10:14 AM ET
2 years ago

Lugar ad hits rival on ethics charges

(CNN) – The race for Indiana's Republican U.S. Senate nomination – already a scathing campaign – got a little uglier Tuesday, as incumbent GOP Sen. Dick Lugar hit rival Richard Mourdock on his record as the state's treasurer.

Indiana Republicans will choose next Tuesday between Lugar, the longest serving Republican in the Senate, and Mourdock, who has the support of major tea party and other conservative groups.

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"Treasurer Richard Mourdock. Bad judgment. Bad decisions," a narrator says over photos of Murdock in the ad.

The 30-second spot then goes on to slam Mourdock for investing in junk bonds as Indiana's treasurer.

"Mourdock gambled Hoosier pensions on junk bonds, wasted millions covering up his mistake and risked thousands of Hoosier jobs suing to shut Chrysler down," the narrator says.
The claim against Mourdock – that he misspent state dollars in bad investments – has been made before, both by Lugar's campaign and the conservative group American Action Network.

The nonpartisan Factcheck.org said previous ads slamming Mourdock for investing in junk bonds "strain the facts," noting Mourdock didn't oversee the only fund that lost over a million dollars.

"It's true that three state funds that purchased Chrysler debt in 2008 lost money when that company went through bankruptcy in 2009," Factcheck.org writes. "But Mourdock didn't oversee the investments of the Indiana Teacher's Retirement Fund, which is the only one that actually lost 'millions.'"

The ad released Tuesday continues to delve into Mourdock's record as treasurer, hitting the candidate for his ethics. Clips are played from television newscasts reporting on claims Mourdock took illegal property tax deductions and conducted an "electronic break-in."

Mourdock maintains on his campaign website the property tax discrepancy was a clerical error made by the Marion County Auditor.

CNN affiliate WISH-TV reported on the alleged electronic break-in in mid-April, saying an email from Mourdock's campaign manager encouraged staffers to raid a state GOP database for voter contact information. The Mourdock campaign said they did nothing inappropriate.

On MSNBC Tuesday, Mourdock responded to the new Lugar campaign ad, labeling the spot "the last gasp of a very desperate campaign."

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. greg

    hey when repos do it to each other it is just politics. Obama 2012 vote all repos out Move forward.

    May 1, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  2. Terry

    Mourdock is a Tax Cheat, but that seems to be OK with the Tea Party faithful.

    May 1, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    Ethics problems from a TP fave? Nawwww, that can't be, they walk on water...

    May 1, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. cecilia

    God help us – not another win for the TP – we just can't take it anymore

    May 1, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    CNN affiliate WISH-TV reported on the alleged electronic break-in in mid-April, saying an email from Mourdock's campaign manager encouraged staffers to raid a state GOP database for voter contact information. The Mourdock campaign said they did nothing inappropriate.
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    Can't speak for Indiana, but in New York that action would most likely be deemed more thaan inappropriate, but outright illegal. You are not permitted to consult recent records of who voted and who did not, so that you can save money by not mailing stuff to folks who don't vote. You can get a copy of the entire list of all registered voters, no problem, and you do not need to hack into a database to do it. Just ask and its' yours.

    May 1, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. Roger

    Lugar worked with Obama to help our our Veterans in need.

    May 1, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    How in the world can a guy with the same name as a GUN be having problem with GOP voters?

    May 1, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. ted

    MORE GOP crap. unelect all GOP idiots.

    May 1, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. Kathleen Farrell

    Lugar needs to learn how to spell "judgment."

    May 1, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. CBR

    Don't know much about Lugar's opposition. However, the TEA Party politicians have a reputation for being hard nosed and only wanting their own ideas to win. The word compromise or cooperate is not in their vocabulary. Perhaps Lugar is the better choice if he is willing to work with others.

    May 1, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. Abe

    That accusation against Mourdock is bunk. Lugar knows it. BTW, Lugar's minions are stealing Mourdock signs from all over the state. The 4×8 foots are scarce as hens teeth. So, that is the kind of people on Lugar's team. Goes along with the bogus claim in this ad.

    May 1, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |