Democrats Hope for Senate Control Just Took a Huge Blow

Things have gone from bad to worse for embattled Indiana Democrat Senator Joe Donnelly, and as one with a somewhat extensive history with the lawmaker, I can’t say that I’m overly surprised.

For going on two decades now, Donnelly has built a reputation as a man willing to campaign in Indiana as a blue collar Democrat with traditional, conservative Hoosier values. He associated himself with the now-defunct Blue Dog Democrats and most reprehensibly pretended to be pro-life for the sake of winning election.

To say that you stand against the dismembering of innocent children in their mother’s wombs when you don’t really have the courage to protect them when there’s no political benefit, is beyond contemptible.

It is, without question, why I have admittedly been disgusted with Senator Donnelly for years.  I debated him a couple times on the radio, and I pushed him on this issue.  I asked him why he would align himself with a party that advances abortion if he truly believes the act is murder.  He said because he is “pro-labor.”  I asked him, “Why not be a pro-labor Republican rather than a pro-life Democrat?  Aren’t you saying through your choice that you elevate labor issues above the issue of protecting innocent babies?”  He didn’t (and couldn’t) answer.

Instead he continued campaigning as pro-life while voting in Washington to provide tax dollars to Planned Parenthood and for the largest expansion of abortion services in America since Roe v. Wade.

That’s why precisely nobody should be surprised to read the news that Donnelly, the supposedly pro-labor Democrat who has cast himself numerous times in my hometown as a friend of American manufacturing and a fierce opponent of “outsourcing,” has been exposed as a fraud:

The family business that Indiana Democrat Sen. Joe Donnelly was invested in until last Friday has removed all mention of its Mexican manufacturing operation from its website.


Donnelly, who has been an outspoken critic of companies that outsource labor, came under fire last week after the Associated Press reported that Stewart Superior, a family business run by his brother that Donnelly is invested in, had shifted some of its manufacturing to Mexico to take advantage of labor costs.  Donnelly responded first by selling his stake in the company. Now, Stewart Superior has taken steps on its website to hide its Mexican manufacturing operation.

For years, I and fellow Hoosiers have heard Donnelly bemoan that, “outsourcing is just a fancy term for ‘someone in Indiana just lost their job.’” One wonders how many people in Indiana could have been working for Stewart Superior had the Donnelly family not decided to line their pockets by outsourcing to Mexico.

Certainly Joe Donnelly is far from the only politician in Washington to have a problem with honesty. What remains to be seen is whether Hoosier voters, who have to this point inexplicably turned the other way on Donnelly’s pro-life charade, are paying attention this time.

In a state with conservative tendencies as well as a strong anti-outsourcing, UAW presence, there are certainly plenty Democrat Party officials, wanting to recapture the Senate in 2018, that are hoping not.

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