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Indiana GOP Sen. candidate Richard Mourdock vs. Beltway GOP establishment

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By Michelle Malkin  •  April 30, 2012 11:03 AM

Tea Party activists who have closely watched GOP House Majority Leader Eric Cantor won’t be surprised by this crapweasel move against grass-roots GOP Senate challenger Richard Mourdock:

DICK LUGAR AND HIS WASHINGTON ESTABLISHMENT
ALLIES MOBILIZE DEMOCRATS IN GOP PRIMARY

Lugar, Cantor-Allied Young Guns Network Encourage Hoosier Democrats
To Vote For Lugar In GOP Primary On May 8th

INDIANAPOLIS (April 30, 2012) – Dick Lugar and his Washington establishment allies are busy mobilizing Democrats and Independents to vote in the GOP Primary on May 8th.

As reported in Politico yesterday, the Cantor-allied Young Guns Network is spending heavily to prop up 36-year incumbent Dick Lugar by mailing non-Republicans, urging them to vote in the GOP primary.

The Mourdock campaign previously criticized Lugar for sending an absentee ballot application to likely Democratic Senate nominee Joe Donnelly and tens of thousands of other non-Republicans, as reported in the Indiana Legislative Insight on April 16, 2012.

“In yet another act of desperation to stem his precipitous drop in the polls, Lugar and his Washington establishment allies are now courting non-Republicans to vote in the GOP Primary on May 8th,” said Mourdock spokesman Chris Conner.

“With his votes in favor of earmarks and bailouts, Obama’s liberal Supreme Court picks and amnesty for illegal aliens, it’s no surprise that Dick Lugar has abandoned his hopes of being the choice for conservative Hoosiers.”

“All of this activity to convince non-Republicans to participate in the Republican primary begs a simple question for Senator Lugar: will he pledge to support the Republican nominee for Senate if it is not him?”

As I wrote in my February endorsement of Mourdock:

The tea party isn’t dead. It’s just looking down ballot. While fiscal conservatives remain split over the GOP presidential candidates, grassroots activists are coalescing around a stellar slate of limited-government candidates looking to reinforce and reenergize the right in Washington.

And in the spirit of the modern-day tea party movement, no entrenched incumbent — Democrat or Republican — is safe.

…In Indiana, another aging liberal Republican dinosaur is fighting for his political life by masquerading as a tea party standard-bearer. The six-term 79-year-old Sen. Dick Lugar — who prides himself on being Obama’s favorite Republican — hasn’t lived in his home state since 1977. He supported the Obama stimulus law, job-killing environmental mandates and the taxpayer bailouts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, as well as the auto and banking industry bailouts.

Richard Mourdock, Indiana’s former state treasurer, offers a fresh alternative with widespread support from both grassroots activists and local and state GOP officials. While others hedged their bets, Mourdock took the federal auto bailout head on, lodging a court complaint against the Chrysler bailout to expose its illegal abuse of shareholders and punitive impact on Indiana citizens. He was elected to the treasurer’s office in 2006, a tough year for Republicans, and was re-elected handily in 2010. Before politics, he worked in the private sector for 30 years managing businesses in the energy, environmental and construction industries. He’s never had a Beltway zip code.

…The GOP needs just four seats to take control of the Senate. With inspired and inspiring free-market candidates like Dan Liljenquist, Richard Mourdock and Ted Cruz, 2012 bodes well for the tea party footprint on Capitol Hill. Remember: Entrenched incumbency is the disease. Fresh blood is the cure.

I will be joining grass-roots conservative activists in Indiana on May 5 to rally for Mourdock. Every voice counts.

Primary election day is May 8.

ACTION: Donate to the Mourdock for Senate campaign here.

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Related: Sarah Palin endorsed Mourdock on Friday. Read more here.

Related: Erick Erickson — Eric Cantor doesn’t want you. He wants Democrats.

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