Donnelly Supports Hoosier Manufacturing Industry; Mourdock’s Failed Assault Would Have Eliminated More Than 100,000 Jobs

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Indianapolis, Ind.--Today, Joe Donnelly, candidate for U.S. Senate, visited Indianapolis’ John’s Famous Stew to have lunch with workers in Indiana’s manufacturing sector. Donnelly discussed their shared concerns for strengthening and growing Indiana’s manufacturing industry.

“The manufacturing industry is a fundamentally Hoosier industry,” said Donnelly.  “That is why I fought so hard for the American auto manufacturing industry in Indiana. The auto industry helped build communities and created generations of good-paying jobs around the state. Cities like Indianapolis see not just manufacturers, but suppliers that provide good, quality jobs that help our economy grow and families succeed.

“Richard Mourdock’s ‘my way or the highway’ argument against the Chrysler rescue would have put more than Chrysler in danger. He would have harmed Allison Transmission right here in Indianapolis. And suppliers and manufacturers of all kinds would have been hurt as well. In this challenging economy, we need to be investing in our workforce, not actively pursuing litigation to harm the men and women who punch their time card each day. The reinvestment and growth in the auto industry since the rescue is proof that when we do provide the opportunities to compete, the Hoosier workforce will rise to the occasion.”

Last week, the Indiana Democratic Party released an e-book exploring Richard Mourdock’s decision to join with a New York law firm against the Chrysler bankruptcy, his bumpy career in Indiana politics, and the stunning economic impact for Indiana had his legal assault on Chrysler been successful. It is the story of a man who claimed to be fighting for principle despite first agreeing to a deal; of a man who put hundreds of thousands of livelihoods at risk then argued it wasn’t his responsibility to look out for jobs. Richard Mourdock’s “my way or the highway” fight against Chrysler is the story of his extreme agenda in action.

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