Indiana Democrats have launched an online campaign criticizing Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock for scrubbing his campaign website of certain information.
After beating longtime Senator Dick Lugar in the GOP primary, Mourdock began clearing his website of links that showed him opposing the auto bailout and supporting budget cuts that would affect entitlement programs. It also scrubbed the site of any criticisms of Lugar before May 8 and his announcement speech entering the race.
Indiana Democratic Party spokesman Ben Ray says Mourdock is trying to hide his record and his relationship to the Tea Party.
“We’re even talking about endorsements disappearing. Eric Erickson, who is the publisher of RedState.org, his endorsement is gone. Herman Cain’s endorsement is gone. And so really I think what we’re seeing is Richard Mourdock attempting to wholly reinvent himself for the general electorate and we’re not going to let that happen.”
The website is called “RichardSaidWhat.com” and features archival pictures of Mourdock’s original site focused on his controversial remarks. But GOP leaders scoff at the idea and argue Mourdock’s views are in the mainstream, adding that Democrats are wasting the voter’s time.
“Twenty-four million Americans are out of work and this is what the Democrats in Indiana focus on,” Indiana Republican Party spokesman Pete Seat told a local television station.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has also hit Mourdock for scrubbing the site, but failing to clean up his Twitter account. DSCC officials highlighted Mourdock’s tea party support, including an endorsement from former Vice Presidential Sarah Palin.
Mourdock faces Democratic Congressman Joe Donnelly in the fall campaign.
“When he kicked-off his campaign he gave a big speech here in Indianapolis talking about how we didn’t need to compromise. Immediately after the primary he went on three different cable news networks and talked about how we didn’t need to compromise. And all of sudden he’s not out there anymore saying we don’t need to compromise,” he says.
The Mourdock campaign could not be reached for comment.