Indianapolis, Ind.--Indiana Democrats exposed the full cost of TEA Party Treasurer Richard Mourdock’s suit to liquidate Chrysler today, calling the $3M boondoggle a “financial loser from day one” and questioning why Mourdock agreed to terms offered by Chrysler before later filing suit. Democrats claim that they’re ready to campaign on the issue for the remainder of the summer, and have a brand for the series of events to follow: My Way or The Highway.
Mourdock famously attempted to liquidate Chrysler and nearly 150,000 Hoosier jobs alongside it in a 2009 lawsuit. At the time, Chrysler strongly challenged Mourdock in the press, asking if his “motives were financial or political.” Democrats echoed that concern while requesting information from Mourdock’s office earlier this year, and now say that Mourock transparently placed his political career over Hoosier jobs and fiscal responsibility.
“Richard Mourdock accepted Chrysler’s original offer before later choosing to sue,” said Indiana Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker, referencing a 2009 Washington Post story that the Treasurer declined to comment on. “His communication with the Attorney General shows that Mourdock knew his suit would be a financial loser. Why did he choose to press on? Thousands of Hoosier jobs were put at risk and millions of taxpayer dollars were wasted.”
Mourdock’s lawsuit, which the Treasurer has previously contested cost just $2 Million, instead cost Hoosier taxpayers $2.8 Million after a significant discount from a $3.3 Million figure invoiced in December of 2009. Included among those costs were $8,722.60 for airfare, $10,662.82 for hotels, $8,015.17 for meals, $44,813.30 for Westlaw services and $2,017.65 for taxis.
“Richard Mourdock not only sued to liquidate Chrysler, he asked Indiana taxpayers to pick up the expenses for his Wall Street law firm,” said Parker. “Hoosiers don’t like politicians wasting their money. How will they feel when they find out that Richard Mourdock spent over $2,000 of their hard-earned money on taxis, $8,000 on meals, and $10,000 on hotels for his Wall Street lawyers?”