Luke Messer is someone I would rule out immediately. He's a lobbyist and works for a politically-connected law firm that feeds at the public trough. His appearances on Indiana Week in Review shows he has a strong affection for corporate welfare and wants the City to pump more money into subsidies for the wealthy corporate interests, many of which, of course, his law firm, Ice Miller, happens to represent. The decision to not support Messer is a no brainer.
John McGoff lost my support with his unwavering support for the Wishard referendum. I have no problem with McGoff supporting building the new Wishard hospital. My problem is that McGoff never said anything while Wishard supporters wrote a biased question and lied about how taxes could be tapped to fund the project. In fact, Wishard supporters repeatedly lied about what they were doing and how it would be funded. They even hid how they spent millions of dollars in campaign expenses by funnelling payments through a PR firm. Yet not once did McGoff stand up and criticize the dishones practices of those supporting the referendum. If Dr. McGoff won't stand up for an honest referendum election, how can we count on him to stand up for honest government in Congress?
That leads me to Brose McVey. I recall when he ran for Congress from the 7th Congressional District located in Indianapolis. He was a good, energetic candidate. I don't recall him though being that philosophically grounded. At the very least I don't know him well enough to support him.
If I had to vote, I'd cast my vote for Rep. Michael Murphy. Murphy briefly served as Marion County GOP chairman. Murphy has been a good legislator and has strong conservative views. However, Rep. Murphy also isn't afraid to stray from traditional GOP positions. He was one of the early Republicans to emphasize the need to reach out to Latinos. I quite honestly can't say anything bad about Rep. Murphy. He has also always been encouraging and supportive of me, which is more than I can say of GOP chairmen John Sweezy, John Keeler, and the current chairman, Tom John.
It will be tough for anyone, including Rep. Murphy, to defeat Dan Burton in this multi-candidate race. But a change is definitely needed in the district. A Congressman Mike Murphy would be a definite improvement.