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Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Senate's senior Republican to see the writing on the wall

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"Mourdock, 59, was a geologist but gradually moved to the business side of the companies that employed him. He started his own environmental consulting business before his election to state office.

When he announced his candidacy last week, Mourdock touted a list of endorsements from 67 of the 92 county GOP chairs in Indiana. That tally included Dale Stickel, Elkhart County Republicans chairman.

Stickel points out that Mourdock's list included the dates each official announced his support -- and he was one of the last to jump on board.

Stickel doesn't throw out endorsements lightly, he said, because too often a better candidate comes along. But in this case, Mourdock seemed like the clear choice.

"I've been impressed with him over the years," he said. "I just feel Mr. Mourdock has got a lot to offer the state of Indiana."

Throughout his time with the local GOP, Stickel said he's never heard from Lugar's office -- until the last couple of weeks. Lugar was a tremendous public servant for a long time, Stickel said, but he refuses to see the writing on the wall.

"Richard Lugar was a great senator. He's done tremendous things for the state of Indiana, for the country and the world," he said. "But one of the keys to being a truly great historical figure is to know when it's time to move on and retire. I just feel he's reached that point and he's not really understanding that."

--Josh Weinhold, The Elkhart Truth, May 2, 2011

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