Mourdock snubs region in fundraising message

2012-07-26T20:15:00Z 2012-07-27T01:13:16Z Mourdock snubs region in fundraising messageBy Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com

INDIANAPOLIS | Northwest Indiana may belong to the Chicago television market but it is definitely part of the Hoosier state.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock seems to have forgotten that.

In a fundraising message sent to supporters Thursday, Mourdock omitted the region from a list of Indiana "media areas" that included Indianapolis, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Lafayette, Terre Haute, South Bend and even Louisville, Ky.

He said Democrat Joe Donnelly is outspending him on television ads in most of those areas and asked for a $25 donation to help spread his campaign's message.

Mourdock spokesman Chris Conner said Northwest Indiana was left off the list because Mourdock only included areas where campaigns traditionally purchase broadcast television ads.

However, Mourdock's message did not mention broadcast ads, which Indiana candidates often avoid buying in Chicago due to the high price and relatively small target audience.

Since May, Donnelly has spent $71,000 to advertise on Northwest Indiana cable television stations. Mourdock has not run a television ad in the region since winning the Republican primary, though Conner said Mourdock will be back on cable soon.

Donnelly spokesman Ben Ray said Mourdock is wrong to ignore the region.

"Richard Mourdock might want to forget about them, but the nearly 1 million Hoosiers that live in Northwest Indiana will make sure he remembers them after they reject his Tea Party extremism in November," Ray said.

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