Congressmen Luke Messer, Todd Rokita and former state representative and businessman Mike Braun are set to debate April 30. It’ll be the final time the candidates are together, an opportunity for the three men to give one final plea before voters head to the polls.
Expect the negative attacks to fly fast and furious in Monday’s debate. Why should anyone expect it to be any different from the rest of the race?
The Rokita campaign, before finally agreeing to participate in the debate, attacked Monday’s moderator, Abdul-Hakim Shabazz. Calling him “a compromised moderator” and “closely aligned to one of the other campaigns.” Can we say managing expectations?
This race has been an increasingly negative affair. In fact, things have gotten so bad that the Associated Press recently labeled Indiana’s Republican U.S. Senate primary “the nastiest in the nation.”
Well, with less than two weeks to election day, did you really think the attacks would cease? Instead of easing up, candidates are turning to other communication mediums to slam one another.
For example, Todd Rokita is now a published author. His campaign released “Oh, The Places You’ll Forget,” using the Dr. Seuss classic to slam Luke Messer and his residency.
Like everything else from the Rokita campaign, it doesn’t rely on subtly to get its point across. In the opening pages, there is a reference to both Richard Lugar and Evan Bayh. Both of whom had their residency come up in their most recent campaigns.
But the Rokita campaign saved the best for last, with this terrific passage that is sure to be remembered for generations to come:
“He didn’t support Trump! Oh for the love of Pete! I’m going to join Todd Rokita and “Defeat the Elite!”
Maybe, for their next act they should have their candidate put on boxing gloves and hit punching bags with his opponents’ faces.