Thursday, December 7, 2017

Indiana Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate Has Long History of Being a Democrat

The Indianapolis Star reports:

INDIANAPOLIS — A wealthy Indiana Senate candidate who bills himself in television ads as a conservative Republican voted for more than a decade as a Democrat in the state's primary elections, according to public documents obtained by the Associated Press.
Records from the Dubois County Clerk's office, where candidate Mike Braun is registered to vote, show the 63-year-old consistently cast Democratic ballots until 2012.
That could spell trouble for Braun, a businessman and former state lawmaker who elbowed his way into the competitive GOP Senate primary by investing more than $800,000 of his own money. In recent years, such races have been Republican purity competitions; next May's election determining who will face Democrat Joe Donnelly in the fall appears to be no exception.
Supposedly Braun only voted in the Democratic Party because he wanted to play a role in which candidate that party nominated. This cross-over strategy that is sometimes employed in counties where there is one party control and whichever candidate that party nominated would be the one elected.  Even if this were a valid reason for choosing not to participate in the Republican Primary (it is not), the fact remains that southern Indiana, including Jasper where Braun is from, hasn't been solid Democratic territory for at least 20 years.  Braun voted Democrat up until 2012.

While Braun's voting history should preclude his nomination as a Republican, the fact is another GOP candidate did not join the party until 2011 and he, Donald Trump, was elected President.  Of course, that hasn't exactly turned out well for Republicans.


True Republican said...


Mike Braun like Donald Trump and Mike Pence are all Democrats sent on a stealth mission to destroy the GOP! You and your readers might want to check our posts on Mike's brother Steve. Steve is a slimeball like Mike Braun is!

leon dixon said...

Republican Purity? Certainly not if you measure that quality by reference to the Indiana Republican Platform. Behind the scenes, as you know, Indiana Republican elites are not your friend nor are they the friend to Hoosier interests. There is a certain value in
being a Democrat and that value is the absence of hypocrisy. When national Democrats lie, cheat, steal, rape, rob and pillage there is little to no apology offered. This is similar to the fable about the Snake being carried across the river only to fatally bite his benefactor, saying, "You knew all along that I was a Snake". Thus, the Amen Corner and State Controlled Media consistently lie to anyone foolish enough to listen to them. (This includes, as you should have known, false polls ginned up to convince light weights that their beliefs have some support in the made up world of illusion), I'm sure that you are smart enough to recognize now, some Fake News but I am not sure of your earlier formative years when President Trump was not about to school you and America. Rather that be just a screed, I will offer a bit of evidence....0, 2017
GLENN GREENWALD: The U.S. Media Yesterday Suffered its Most Humiliating Debacle in Ages: Now Refuses All Transparency Over What Happened.. “Friday was one of the most embarrassing days for the U.S. media in quite a long time. The humiliation orgy was kicked off by CNN, with MSNBC and CBS close behind, with countless pundits, commentators and operatives joining the party throughout the day. By the end of the day, it was clear that several of the nation’s largest and most influential news outlets had spread an explosive but completely false news story to millions of people, while refusing to provide any explanation of how it happened.”

In attempting to “denormalize” Trump, they’ve denormalized themselves.

Paul K. Ogden said...


Wow, you mean the media is liberal and sometimes gets its facts wrong? Wow, I've only known that to be true for my entire life. Our media is not "state controlled" though and, despite its flaws, a free press is the single most important institution for keeping our government honest. I know that Donald Trump would rather have a real state controlled media, in which he alone dictates what is published. Fortunately, it doesn't work like that.

As far as "fake polls," pray tell what polls are you talking about? Pollsters take great effort to be objective. Polling is a science when it is done right and most pollsters try to do it right. Contrary to the claim, the polls were wrong, the polls in 2016 were astonishingly accurate. There is only one battleground state (it was either Michigan or Pennsylvania, can't remember which) in which the result was outside the margin of error for the state poll. And the national polls were pretty much right on the money. It was an historically close election, the 10th closest popular vote and 9th closest electoral vote in history. (I may have flipped them.) Of course, Donald Trump continues to lie about his "landslide win" which is to be expected since Donald Trump has proven himself to be a pathological liar.

Flogger said...

Leon good link to the Greemwald article in The Intercept. The implication of his article was CNN wanted to fill in a blank, but checking the truth would not fit the story CNN wanted to construct. Profit has always been a goal of the Media, but the news reported was tempered by Professional Journalists, who had a reputation to guard. I have not relied on FOX, CNN or MSNBC for many years. The old CNN under Turner just read off the news stories of the day.

Now, we have on FOX, CNN, MSNBC hours and hours of so called experts providing opinions in a studio, with very predictable conclusions. Once in a while if there is a mass shooting, or natural disaster They send someone out to cover it and then quickly forget it.

We did not read or hear much in USA Media about the Paradise Papers, which document how the Rich and Famous or Multinational Corporations use legal means to avoid taxes. These are "legal" since we have Corporatism and their bought and paid for Elected Officials across the earth.

Anonymous said...

Christians voted for a child predator because he was for their agenda. Tell me how you're better than Muslims again?

Anonymous said...

I don't know that this really matters much -- after all, look at Trump, the "leader" of the GOP. Republican voters have not shown themselves to be beacons of consistency or purity these past few years, so what does it really matter....(this could of course be one of the reasons of the demise of the GOP) The sooner the better, as far as I am concerned.....

And this whole exercise may be moot as I think the Joe Donnelly is on the way to victory. It is going to be a bloodbath...and the only solace I take is that Rokita and Messer along with the Demo Braun will be history....