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State Rep Braun joins GOP Indiana Senate race

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BRIAN SLODYSKO

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A wealthy Indiana state legislator is joining what has already become a bitter campaign for the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly next year.

State Rep. Mike Braun of Jasper said Tuesday that his background owning and operating a national auto parts distributor gives him outsider credentials for a GOP primary race expected to include U.S. Reps. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita.

If elected, Braun pledges to support President Donald Trump “as he takes on the DC swamp.”

“Last year’s presidential election showed that Hoosiers know outsiders with business experience are the country’s best hope to fix the broken political system in Washington,” Braun said in a statement.

Braun was first elected to the Legislature in 2014 and is little known around the state. But if he does indeed have considerable personal wealth, he could self-finance in a race that is destined to be a high-dollar affair.

A 2016 financial disclosure Braun filed as a member of Indiana’s Legislature indicates he and his wife possess a minimum of $2 million in business assets.

Braun’s announcement Tuesday took square aim at Donnelly for a Senate voting record that aligns “with the liberals in Washington.”

But he has previously said that hostility between Messer and Rokita is turning off voters. He says that will only help Donnelly, who is considered one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for re-election next year.

Messer recently announced that he was running for the Senate seat, while Rokita had yet to formally say if he’s running. Already, though, the two congressmen have taken rhetorical swipes at each other, including each accusing the other of being “unhinged.”

 

 

Posted 8/9/2017

 
 
 
 

 

 

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