January 9, 2011 by USA Post
Indianapolis Star, (AP) – The tea party activists across the state will meet later this month to try to agree on a candidate to challenge established U.S. Senator Richard Lugar in the Republican primary of the next year.
Representatives from more than 50 groups of tea will meet Jan. 22 in Tipton, said Monica Boyer, co-founder of Northern Indiana Kosciusko County Silent No More and an organizer of the group anti-Lugar Hoosiers Conservative to the Senate.
Unlike the 2010 Senate primary, where party activists tea was distributed among five candidates, “we do not split the vote. It is vital and it is essential to make it a race of a candidate,” said Boyer The Indianapolis Star for a story Saturday.
Two Republicans mentioned as a possible challenger Lugar State Treasurer Richard Mourdock and state Senator Mike Delph of Caramel.
Lugar, who represented Indiana in the Senate since 1976, said he would seek a seventh term of six years in 2012.
His support for things such as the DREAM Act, which would help some illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children get access to citizenship, and his voice for the candidates of President Barack Obama Supreme Court overturned many conservatives in Indiana, particularly those aligned with the movement of tea.
Lugar met Boyer and other supporters of the party tea for two hours in December to try to convince them he shares their conservative values. However, rather than to convince them to drop any challenge for him, “he actually gave us the strategy on how we approach the battle to come…. It was almost like when you start a football match and you shake hands, and we know what we have to do now. ”
Lugar spokesman Mark Helmke said that if the group wants to organize “an event anti-Lugar is their business.”
New Indiana Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb Lugar defended, saying that he and the rest of the Hoosier GOP Congress to share there concerns Tea Party delegation on arm’s length and expenditure, and that “the rest of Washington may learn from them. “
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