INDIANAPOLIS-- TEA Party State Treasurer Richard Mourdock entered a third day of controversy over his attempt to scrub his website of controversial statements as Indiana Democrats attacked his support of the radical “cut, cap, and balance” plan. The plan, advocated for by many TEA Party groups, would force draconian cuts on the federal budget, including 25% cuts on Medicare and Social Security. Prior to the Republican primary, Mourdock proudly touted his support for “Cut, Cap, and Balance” but today, visitors to that page on his website are told that access has been denied. Mourdock’s site appears to no longer mention the plan at all.
At the time, Mourdock said in an interview that he would co-sponsor the bill, and that “The political maneuvering in Washington is childish and should be embarrassing to us as a nation. It’s time to end this game of financial chicken where each side keeps daring the other to make a true commitment as to where and how cuts and caps should be implemented.” Mourdock would later call for less bipartisanship and more confrontation in Washington.
Mourdock’s attempt to hide his primary campaign from Hoosier voters echoes another TEA Party candidate, Sharron Angle of Nevada. In 2010, Angle took down her entire website in the hours following her primary victory and subsequently pursued legal action to force a pre-scrub copy off of the web.
“When he was running for the Republican nomination Richard Mourdock proudly supported a plan that would cut Medicare and Social Security by 25 percent,” said Indiana Democratic Party Chair Dan Parker. “Now his website has been so thoroughly scrubbed that even the name of the plan doesn’t appear anywhere on it. Richard Mourdock can run, but he can’t hide--Hoosiers will see right through this.”