Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Fox News Reports Democrats Have Begun to Dig Into Expenses Associated with Lugar's Lack of Indiana Residence

Fox News reported on how Democrats have been digging into Sen. Richard Lugar's expense records.  It seems when you don't have a residence in the State, we taxpayers have to spend a lot of money on travel and putting the Senator up in hotel rooms:
Lugar Spokesman David Wilkie

..The Indiana Democratic party has combed through records going all the way back to Lugar's first year in the Senate, 1977.

The hundreds of pages of itemized travel expenses were passed along to Fox News. Among the findings offered by the party is that the six-term US Senator has spend almost $50,000 in travel expenses just visiting his home state.
The expenses are necessary, in part, because Lugar has no home in Indiana. The Indiana Senator lives in the Washington DC suburb of McLean, Virginia. So, virtually every time Lugar stays in Indiana there's an added cost."...
Another of the Indiana Democratic Party's findings puts a finer point on the issue. It says Lugar appears to have expensed 325 nights in Indiana over a 21-year period, from 1990 through 2011.
The suggestion is that Lugar's time in the state has been limited to less than a year over the course of two-plus decades. The Lugar campaign says that suggestion is completely false."(Senator Lugar) spends a quarter of the year, every year in the state," says campaign spokesman David Willkie.  Willkie notes from February 1st of 2011 and 2012, Lugar has spent 89-days in Indiana. And while Lugar is not "domiciled" in Indiana, he does own a farm in the state which he still manages....
The fact is we taxpayers put Sen. Lugar up in nice hotel rooms when he decides to come back to Indiana.   Willkie does not point to any other place Lugar stays while in Indiana.  Even Lugar has said he doesn't stay at the farm as it is "too rustic."  So Willkie's reference to that is nothing more than a disingenuous diversion.  If Lugar has spent more than 325 nights in Indiana over the last 21 years, Willkie he ought to be able to identify where the Senator was staying during that time.

It's shameful that we have a Senior Senator who "visits" Indiana instead of lives here.


Diana Vice said...

This is proof that Republicans should vote for Richard Murdouck to avoid controversy in the General Election.

marksmall2001 said...

1) You broke this story. Ailes and his minions, and the Democratic Party merely are picking up the breadcrumbs you left on the trail.
2) You have no idea what hotel it was in which Senator Lugar stayed. For all you know, he stayed in a Motel 6. (I don't think he needs a shower cap.) Wait---I think Motel 6qualifies as "rustic." Plus, there are the meth dealers with which to hassle.
3) Mourdock? Mordor? At least Lugar has a brain---except when it comes to this residency business. As I have said before, this was stupid. He simply could have erected a cheap home on his Decatur Township realty and there he would have satisfied everyone.

Paul K. Ogden said...


Or he could have put up a tent...or claimed the home of a relative...or just about anything else, except claiming as his residence someone else's home he doesn't even know.

M Theory said...

I'm voting for Mourdock, even though I still get unsolicited SPAM from Lugar's campaign.

I vowed to vote for whomever runs against him when Lugar ran against us with his bailout votes.

As far as I am concerned Lugar is a liar, a cheat, and sold his honor long ago.

artfuggins said...

Hoosiers for a Fair Tax, all you have to do is opt out of the Lugar emails. You do know how to do that, don't you? I think you just like to bitch and complain about that and everything else. I am waiting for the day when you are actually pleased and complimentary toward someone or something. It must be miserable to be that unhappy all of the time.

Anonymous said...


Like Senator Lugar, David Willkie is from Indiana; but, they both moved to Washington DC many years ago.

No wonder his campaign is so out of touch.