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March 18, 2013

HOWEY: Clowning around with Chocola and Mourdock



Chocola failed to sniff out his candidate’s temperament issues. When Mourdock first met with Club For Growth’s PAC, he was unprepared, became testy and essentially blew his first interview. Club For Growth gave Mourdock a mulligan, invited him back, and he handled the second chance well enough that they decided to chip in $4 million.

Because of Chocola and all the other Super PACs, there was $51 million — FIFTY-ONE MILLION DOLLARS! — raised and spent on this one Senate seat. And some $32 million of that money didn’t come from Hoosier voters, but from rich people in New York City and Washington, Texas, Florida and beyond. And here’s the real kicker: Almost none of that money went to Indiana  businesses. Club For Growth and the other Super PACs spent their money on cable TV broadcasters/Fox News and Washington-based TV, direct mail and email production firms.

These Super PACs don’t care about Indiana businessmen and women or their firms. They just saw a chance to buy a U.S. Senate seat and they treated us as rubes. 

You would think that after this political exploding cigar that resulted in “U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.,” Chocola and Club For Growth would have been embarrassed.

But no.

Chocola and Club For Growth are back. They have shamelessly targeted U.S. Rep. Larry Bucshon for defeat in 2014 Republican primary. 

And the sins of Bucshon? His debt-ceiling vote (he wisely decided against risking a U.S. credit downgrade), another to bail out the Highway Trust Fund and a vote for blocking an ethanol blender pump. They claim that Bucshon, a vociferous critic of Obamacare, voted for a budget extension that funded the Affordable Care Act.

“We’ve been planning this for awhile,” said Chocola, saying that his recent scorecard “really kind of drives who qualifies for the list.”

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