June 18, 2018

Senator Donnelly Launches Republican Constituency Group

Sen. Joe Donnelly announces his new Republicans for Joe constituency group at the Indianapolis Fire House Museum. - Sarah Panfil/WFYI

Sen. Joe Donnelly announces his new Republicans for Joe constituency group at the Indianapolis Fire House Museum.

Sarah Panfil/WFYI

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) announced a new Republicans for Joe constituency group Monday.

Several Republicans helped launch the group and praised Donnelly’s bipartisan approach to politics.

Anne Emison Wishard, a Hoosier with deep roots in Indiana conservatism, says she came to support Donnelly in part because she no longer recognizes today’s Republican Party.

“The Republican Party today is not my father’s Republican Party, it’s not my grandfather’s Republican Party, or my great grandfather’s,” Emison Wishard says.

Although many Hoosier Republicans supported Donnelly in 2012, State Chairman of the Indiana Republican Party Kyle Hupfer said in an email Donnelly doesn’t have the party’s support.

“We know what Hoosiers know: Joe Donnelly is a Democrat who votes with and supports the failed agenda of Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and Bernie Sanders,” Hupfer says. “Hoosier Republicans are united behind Mike Braun and they won’t be fooled by Sleepin’ Joe Donnelly’s snoozer of a press conference.”

Donnelly thanked the group of Republican supporters and said he aims to represent the people of Indiana, not any one party or person.

Donnelly is defending his seat in the U.S. Senate against Republican Mike Braun.

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