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What to Know About The Indiana GOP Primary & Congressman Messer

Messer and Rokita are already “sniping” with “rancor,” “barbs” and “contempt,” calling each other “unhinged,” “desperate,” and a “ticking time-bomb.”

After the Republicans’ first choice candidate refused to run, today Congressman Messer is announcing his Indiana Senate campaign — formally launching what is already an “expensive and bitter” GOP primary fight.

From David Bergstein, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Spokesman: “The brawl between Congressmen Messer and Rokita is already one of the nastiest and most divisive in the country — exposing their flaws and demonstrating that their campaigns are all about their own political self-interest, not the issues that matter to hardworking Hoosiers.”

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE IN GOP PRIMARY AND CONGRESSMAN MESSER

  • Editorial and columnists across the state have condemned Messer and Rokita’s primary attacks and statements, writing Messer should “drop the crap.” 
    • News Sentinel Editorial: Senate race not starting at a high level.  “Luke Messer and Todd Rokita, so far the two most likely candidates to seek the GOP Senate nomination. That’s because they’re too busy beating each other up…this is one sign that things could get really brutal later on.” [News-Sentinel editorial, 7/19/17]
    • Indy Politics Hakim-Shabazz Column: MESSER V. ROKITA“Strap yourselves in, it’s going to be a bumpy flight, to say the least.” [Indy Politics, Hakim-Shabazz, 7/17/17]
    • Indiana Business Journal Maurer Column: Messer can do better than slinging mud“Drop the crap, Luke. Let’s hear your ideas. Don’t vilify Sen. Donnelly.” [IBJ Maurer, 7/15/17]
  • Associated Press: City Pays Indiana Congressman’s Wife $20k/month. “A burgeoning Indianapolis suburb has paid the wife of an influential congressman $580,000 since 2015 for legal consulting she largely does from the Washington area, an unusually large sum even in a state rife with highly paid government contractors, according to a review by The Associated Press.” [AP, 5/11/17]
    • VIDEO: IN Focus: Messer defends health care bill, wife’s legal work. “In a recent interview with CBS4’s IN Focus, Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN) defended the GOP health care plan and his wife’s legal work for the city of Fishers, which has been the subject of two recent reports from the Associated Press.” [IN Focus, 7/2/17]
  • VIDEO: Messer supported the Republican Healthcare Plan that spikes premiums by 20 percent, strips coverage for pre-existing conditions and imposes an age-tax on older Americans. [CNBC 3.23.17]

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