|Congressman Todd Rokita|
Needless to say, I'm left with no choices in the Indiana Republican Senate Primary.
Todd Rokita. Earlier in his political career, I liked Todd. Although he was a conservative, he had a reform edge. I had no problem with him using the bully pulpit of the Secretary of State's Office to push for gerrymandering reform. But Rokita has proven this election cycle more than willing to give up his political soul and integrity to try to win an election. He should get an award for working his way the furthest up President Trump's butt in an soul-less attempt to win the election. It is not like he did not have stiff competition on that front. In that endeavor, Rokita did not let hypocrisy get in his way. He chided businessman Mike Braun for being a Democrat until 2012, while enthusiastically supporting another Democrat until 2012, President Donald Trump.
|(Former) State Representative Mike Braun|
because that gave the most opportunity to influence local races in then Democratic-leaning Dubois County, is nonsense. (Please don't for a second I assume that would be a legitimate excuse even if true. Bottom line, if you are a dedicated Republican or Democrat, you pull that party's ballot in the primary. Period.) There were plenty of competitive general election races on the ballot before 2012 and Jasper residence Braun always chose a Democratic ballot. Braun had zero history of Republican activity until one day when he woke up and decided to run, successfully, for state representative. And, Mike, knock it off about you not being a politician. You served four years in our state legislature as a pretend Republican.
|Congressman Luke Messer|
Rokita, Braun and Messer have all indicated in their commercials that they support this administration's massive increase in debt and plans to waste more taxpayer money on such ridiculous expenditures such as "The Wall." Neither Rokita, Braun or Messer have earned my vote in this morning's primary. I can't see myself voting for any of the three in the Fall either.
Predictions? I think Braun has a solid, albeit less than 50% win, with Rokita second and Messer a distant third. I do not think any of the three beat Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly in the fall, however. None of the GOP candidates ran with any plan of how to get back to sanity after the primary. The key for GOP statewide success is doing well in the Indianapolis suburbs. In the era of Trumpism, that's not good electoral footing for Republican candidates. Trump's numbers in Hamilton County, the most populous Indianapolis-area county by far, were bad and they are unlikely any better now a year and a half later.