Candidate Sued To Force Liquidation, Called Rescue a “Sham”
INDIANAPOLIS-- Indiana Democrats continued to focus on TEA Party State Treasurer Richard Mourdock’s attempt to scrub his website of controversial statements including a defense of his attempt to force Chrysler into liquidation. Before the May 8 primary, Mourdock’s site called Chrysler’s rescue a “shell game” and “sham,” claiming that “no law can be cited to justify what happened.” Visitors to that page are now greeted with headline reading “access denied.”
Mourdock spent nearly $3 Million taxpayer dollars drawn from pension funds of teachers and police officers in his attempt to force Chrysler into liquidation and has refused to provide itemized receipts of the cost or any proof that the lawsuit was not politically motivated. Mourdock previously claimed that the lawsuit provided him with political benefits and has used his opposition to the auto industry in fundraising in the past.
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.
“Richard Mourdock spent nearly $3 Million taxpayer dollars to try and force Chrysler into liquidation” said Indiana Democratic Party Chair Dan Parker. “Yet right after the Republican primary was over he went from calling the Chrysler rescue a shell game and a sham to trying to hide those statements. Hoosiers deserve a Senator who says what he means and means what he says, not Richard Mourdock’s attempts to hide his record.”