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Launch of Republicans for Donnelly Announced

May 31, 2012

  06/01/12 Thursday, Joe Donnelly’s U.S. Senate campaign announced the start of “Republicans for Donnelly,” a group of former Senator Lugar supporters who will now support Joe based on his bipartisan, common-sense approach to public service.

“I’m honored to receive the support of Hoosiers from all parties in our effort to bring together people from across the state who are tired of the gridlock in Washington and want a bipartisan U.S. Senator who will get things done for middle class families,” said Donnelly.  “I hope this group will allow those who supported Sen. Lugar’s common-sense approach to get to know me, my policies, and my willingness to reach across the aisle for the betterment of Indiana.  There is a clear choice in this race: a willingness to reach across party lines to get things done for our families vs. support for more partisan bickering.  I pledge to put my country before my party and work with anyone and everyone to get things done for Hoosiers.”

Anne Emison Wishard of Indianapolis said, “My father, grandfather and great-grandfather were all involved in Indiana Republican politics.  I was raised with political theory at the dinner table.  My main memory of all these lessons was that political discourse at all times should remain reasonable and civil.  Unfortunately, the Republican nominee for the United States Senate did not learn that same lesson.  For that and many other reasons, I am supporting Joe Donnelly for Senator.”

Bob Weaver of Rochester said, “I feel great to have Joe as my representative and support his U.S. Senate campaign because he votes for what is right.  Too many people think compromise is a sign of weakness, but it is not.  I think it is a sign of good leadership.”

Anne Phelan of Indianapolis said, “I’m supporting Joe Donnelly because the most successful people I know understand the art of listening and the wisdom and art of compromise.  Compromise does not denote lack of commitment or lack of passion for one’s point of view.  On the contrary, compromise is based on the knowledge that equally intelligent individuals who share the same core values can arrive at different conclusions.  It’s based on the knowledge that the best ideas, innovations, and solutions come from a collaboration of distinct viewpoints.  It’s based on the knowledge that America is strong because it was founded on respect for people’s differences, whether those differences are cultural, religious, or political.  And, finally, it’s based on a sense of fairness that is the core of democracy.  We teach our children to resolve conflicts by listening to others’ needs and views in order to expand their own understanding and find a common middle ground.  Why would we demand less from our political representatives?  And if we do demand less, what are we teaching our children?”

Announcing the start of this group were charter members Anne Emison Wishard from Indianapolis, Bob Weaver from Rochester, Anne Phelan from Indianapolis, John Oliver from Plymouth, Kevin Kelly from Granger, and Julian Smith from Hope.  Interested Republicans, Independents, and any other former Senator Lugar supporters are invited to sign up to be a part of this group and to receive more information at


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4 Responses to “ Launch of Republicans for Donnelly Announced ”

  1. Kathy Bottorff on June 5, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    You can still buy your Ford vehciles at Oliver Ford. John Oliver owns US Granules.

  2. Thor on June 5, 2012 at 10:12 am

    So, a democrat that voted lock step with Pelosi thus demonstrating he’d rather support SoCAL than Norhtern IN is supported by a group of folks who liked Obama’s favorite Senator. What a surprise.

    As for leadership…guess I’ll have to find someplace else to buy my Ford’s.

  3. reader on June 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I for one am very disappointed to see this type of support for a clearly partisan representative. It is clear from Mr. Donnelly’s record that he supports the Democratic platform (Voted for PPCA – Healthcare, Consistently votes against cutting the Federal Budget). Indiana Republicans must stand against this type of politician.

    I have respected Mr. Donnelly’s fight for United States Service Veterans at every turn. In that, he has done well… and that is where it ends. To read that folks who are reportedly Republican/Conservative could support a Senate Candidate who has proven that he will vote with his party (remember that he is a Democrat) just does not make any sense to me.

    I only have one name to compare this type of thought to: Evan Bayh. I too, thought he was a good Senator for Indiana Values and had voted for him… He proved too that Party Politics was too great of a mountain to overcome. Fool me once… I say

  4. MikeB on May 31, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Thank you, once again, Mr. Oliver for your leadership!