|Sen. Richard Lugar|
Tully's column today is a work in dishonesty. The column talks about the "distasteful" and "depressing" attacks on Sen. Richard Lugar. But if you read Tully's column you will notice that he never takes on Issue No. 1 being used against Richard Lugar, i.e. that he doesn't live here, having sold his home 35 years ago and moved to Virginia.
Tully knows perfectly well that he can't address this issue because it would expose his hypocrisy. He had no problem penning several articles suggesting Charlie White should resign as Secretary of State. White's offense? He voted ONCE using his ex-wife's house as his residence when the allegations were he was a resident of his ex-wife's house. Yet Lugar to this day continues to vote using a northwest side address of a home he sold 35 years ago, signing documents under oath that he is a resident at that address. Forget for a second that the perjury and voter fraud laws of this state do not have an exception that would allow him, or his wife, to do this, what about the federal constitutional requirement that Lugar be an "inhabitant" of the State when elected? Lugar can't meet that standard and the Senate can simply refuse to seat him even if he does get elected in November.
To this huge controversy, Tully responds with utter and complete silence. Tully knows he has no defense to what Lugar is doing, especially after White's conviction, so he chooses instead to simply ignore the issue. How intellectually dishonest is that?
Then Tully attacks the woman who dared to ask Lugar a question while he entered a high dollar fundraiser.
Yet what inspired this column was an e-mailed news release from a Democratic Super PAC called American Bridge 21st Century. It includes a video of a young woman harassing Lugar as he enters a fundraiser in D.C., and it ridiculously attempts to paint Lugar as not caring about the recent Southern Indiana tornadoes.
Is this really what politics has come to? A politician as respected as Lugar being hounded on the sidewalk by a jerk with an iPhone? Do some in D.C. really hope to score political points off an Indiana tragedy?
The millionaires who finance that PAC and the parents of that twentysomething with a camera phone must be so proud of their contribution to democracy.I would urge people to watch the video themselves. Did that woman "harass" or "hound" Lugar when he walked into the fundraiser? She asked ONE question in a very polite way and the Senator answered it as he was walking in the door. Apparently Tully thinks our senior senator is above answering questions from ordinary citizens.