It’s obvious that Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN) has a target on his back from conservatives in the upcoming primary. Grassroots organizations and advocacy groups have made that much clear to this point, choosing his primary opponent, Richard Mourdock, due to his votes for tax hikes, support for wasteful earmarks, and tax hikes.
Lugar’s bid for re-electioned was been bogged down in March, thanks to a ruling that he was ineligble to vote in the state — though that has now been resolved — and having to payback $14,000 to taxpayers for hotel bills. Lugar also received the “kiss of death” from former Sen. Arlen Specter, a Republican turned Democrat that voted for the stimulus and ObamaCare.
However, these conservative groups had been relatively quiet on the ad from…that was until yesterday when the Club for Growth and the National Rifle Association dropped a bomb on Lugar a month before the May 8th primary (you can watch the ads below):
The National Rifle Association and the Club for Growth, two heavy-hitting conservative groups, are launching ads that paint Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) as a Washington insider and boost his Tea Party opponent, Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R).
Both are major statewide ad buys that will run on broadcast television as well as radio and cable and begin on the same day that early voting for the May 8 primary commences.
The Club for Growth and other fiscal-conservative groups including FreedomWorks have long made Lugar a target, but the NRA’s decision to get involved in the GOP primary, a move the group rarely makes, could be a difference-maker in the race.
“Over 36 years in Washington, Dick Lugar has changed. He’s become the only Republican candidate in Indiana with an ‘F’ rating from the NRA,” says the NRA’s ad, displaying a picture of Lugar standing alongside President Obama.
“This time, Indiana Republicans have a choice for Senate. Dick Lugar: 35 years in Washington. Voted for bailouts, tax hikes and Obama’s Supreme Court justices — or Richard Mourdock, a leader in the fight against bailouts and ObamaCare, a fighter for a balanced budget and less debt,” the Club for Growth’s ad claims.
The most recent poll out of the state shows Mourdock trailing Lugar by only seven points. That’s obviously not a place an incumbent Senator wants to be a month before an election.
Here is the ad from the Club for Growth:
And the ad from the NRA: