Donnelly Ad: Mourdock Like a Guy with Road Rage

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Indianapolis, Ind.--This morning, Joe Donnelly’s campaign for U.S. Senate released its newest ad making clear the choice Hoosier voters face in the November election: a senator focused on job creation or a political party?

“Hoosiers are tired of today’s politics of division, which is why we need a U.S. Senator who will work across party lines to create jobs and balance the budget--and that’s Joe Donnelly,” said Elizabeth Shappell, communications director.  “Joe used to help run a small business, so he knows the challenges Indiana business owners face.  He knows they need a U.S. Senator who works for them, not a political party.

“Richard Mourdock?  He spent nearly $3 million of our taxpayer dollars trying to eliminate over 100,000 Hoosier jobs with his lawsuit forcing the liquidation of Chrysler.  He’s about getting TEA Party support, while Joe’s about protecting the good jobs we have while creating new opportunities.  The choice is clear.”

The ad started airing across the state on broadcast and cable television this morning.  Watch the full ad here.



Joe:  I helped run a small printing business for years, running presses and making deliveries.  I’m about jobs and balanced budgets.  So let’s cut spending, and help small businesses, not Wall Street.

The Indianapolis Star reported that Donnelly would vote yes on the Balanced Budget Amendment, writing “Most of Indiana's House members--including one Democrat--voted Friday to support a balanced-budget amendment.  Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly, who is running for the Senate, was one of 25 Democrats who joined all but four Republicans in voting for the unsuccessful amendment.” [Indianapolis Star, 11/19/11]


Joe Donnelly is for balancing the budget and reducing our debt by cutting spending and closing corporate loopholes like tax breaks for oil companies and companies that outsource jobs.  [S 627, Vote #676, 7/29/11; Congressional Documents and Publications, 5/17/11;    HR 5982, Vote #514, 7/30/10; HR 1586, Vote #518, 8/10/10]

Joe: I joined Senator Lugar to save Indiana auto jobs.  Richard Mourdock wasted millions suing to kill Chrysler jobs.

Mourdock Allied With Tea Party In Pursuing Chrysler Lawsuit That Would Have Eliminated More Than 4,000 High-Paying Indiana Jobs. In 2009, Mourdock brought a lawsuit that challenged Chrysler’s bankruptcy restructuring, risking more than 4,000 high-paying Indiana jobs. Reported the Kokomo Tribune, “Allied with the Tea Party, Mourdock had fought tooth and nail to kill Chrysler's bankruptcy reorganization, preferring to see the company -- and more than 4,000 high-paying Kokomo jobs -- liquidated.” [Kokomo Tribune, 11/20/10]


White & Case LLP Charged $2.8 Million For Legal Services. According to records provided by the Indiana State Treasurer’s office, the law firm of White & Case LLP charged $2,812,604 in attorney’s fees. The firm billed for a total of 6,878.5 hours for an average of $409 per hour. [White & Case LLP invoice to Indiana State Treasurer’s Office, 12/7/09]


Center For Automotive Research Study Found That Slowing Bankruptcy Settlement Could Endanger More Than 1 Million U.S. Jobs, Including More Than 100,000 In Indiana. Reported the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, “More than 1 million U.S. jobs - and more than 100,000 in Indiana - are riding on whether the bankruptcies of Chrysler LLC and General Motors Corp. are quick and orderly, according to a prominent research center's study. . . . The jobs study, by the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich., says that almost 250,000 U.S. jobs will be lost by 2011 if the Chrysler and GM bankruptcies go smoothly. It said Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, respectively, will be hardest hit, with 85,000 losses. But if the bankruptcies are protracted, consumers will desert the carmakers, creating massive disruptions in the supply chain and huge job losses, the study said. In Indiana, 13,000 jobs would be lost by 2011 under the best- case scenario. But if the bankruptcies become open-ended, 124,000 Hoosier jobs could be lost, the study said.” [Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, 6/9/09]         


Mourdock On Chrysler Lawsuit: “I Didn't Take A Pledge That I Would Support Every Job In Indiana.” In 2010, reported the Indianapolis Star, “Mourdock counters that he didn't place jobs in jeopardy, because he didn't manage Chrysler into bankruptcy. He said he's received ‘lots of pats on the backs’ for fighting to protect retirees. ‘I didn't take a pledge that I would support every job in Indiana under whatever means it takes to do it,’ Mourdock said. ‘The oath I took said I would support the laws of Indiana and support the Constitution of the United States. Constitutional rights for people for which I had a fiduciary responsibility were being violated, and I had no choice to do what I did. I certainly have no regrets.’” [Indianapolis Star, 10/19/10]

Joe: He went after them like a guy with road rage.


Mourdock: Hey Donnelly, it’s my way or the highway!


[Video of Richard Mourdock on MSNBC’s Daily Rundown, 5/9/12]


Mourdock: “I Think There Needs To Be More Partisanship.” Wrote political analyst Brian Howey in a February 2011 Evansville Courier & Press column, “After the speech, Mourdock added, ‘I think there needs to be more partisanship and frankly it's based on principle.’” [Brian Howey, Evansville Courier & Press, 2/27/11]


Mourdock Dismissed Calls For Increased Bipartisan Cooperation. Reported the Evansville Courier & Press in April 2012, “Mourdock told Courier & Press editors the election could point a new way for the party. The path would not involve unnecessarily ceding territory to political opponents, he said. ‘For all the cries for bipartisanship, it is bipartisanship that has taken us to the brink of bankruptcy,’ Mourdock said.” [Evansville Courier & Press, 4/19/12]


Mourdock Denounced Bipartisanship, Compromise: “Frankly, I Don’t Think We Need Bipartisanship.” At a March 2012 meeting of the Carmel-Clay GOP Club, Mourdock said, “I’ll be rather controversial right off the bat here, I’ve said it many times and I’ll repeat it here – we hear this great call for bipartisanship, frankly I don’t think we need bipartisanship.” [Carmel-Clay GOP Club meeting, 3/28/12]


Evansville Courier & Press Columnist: “Mourdock Views Victory As Something That Must Be Accomplished Through Partisan Strength.” Wrote Evansville Courier & Press columnist Eric Bradner in April 2012, “Lugar says that voting for well-qualified nominees of Democratic presidents helps get the picks of Republican presidents confirmed, too. Mourdock, meanwhile, would be much more likely to resist in hopes of forcing Democrats to temper their choices. It's a difference that underscores their styles: Lugar's someone who tries to achieve his objectives through collaboration and relationships built over time; Mourdock views victory as something that must be accomplished through partisan strength.” [Eric Bradner, Evansville Courier & Press, 4/28/12]

Joe: Had enough?  I work for jobs, not a party.  I’m Joe Donnelly and I approve this message.

Donnelly voted against his party on nearly 40% of all votes in 2011. [CQ Custom Member Profiles, June 2012]



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