IN THE NEWS: Joe Donnelly receives glowing endorsement from the Times of Northwest Indiana
Joe Donnelly is the “clear choice” for U.S. Senate in November, the Times of Northwest Indiana wrote today in its endorsement. The Times repeatedly praised Joe for a “proven track record” of crossing the aisle to get things done for the Region, Indiana, and the nation.
Despite working on the national stage, Joe is in touch with the issues that matter in Northwest Indiana, most notably working to improve and expand the Gary-Chicago International Airport, securing funding for the South Shore Line, and working to address the lead crisis in East Chicago. When Rep. Braun came in to meet with their editorial board, meanwhile, “he didn’t seem to have a firm grip” on the South Shore Line project.
From The Times of Northwest Indiana: EDITORIAL: Donnelly knows our Region, is clear choice for U.S. Senate
Elected leaders in the state's highest offices must know of the economic promise that can be realized by public and private investment in Northwest Indiana.
Those leaders need to know who we are, where we're located and what we require as a collective community.
A proven track record of bipartisan cooperation should be valued and seen as the bridge to forging solid public policy, not just for the Region but for the state and nation.
Incumbent U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly has embodied these qualities in his first term.
It's why our editorial board is endorsing him for a second term in the upcoming November election.
Donnelly's knowledge and champion's role in projects and polices beneficial to Northwest Indiana give him a clear edge over Republican challenger Mike Braun, a former downstate Indiana House lawmaker.
…We've repeatedly hailed the rail extension and improvement projects as economic game changers for our Region, and Donnelly has been at the forefront.
When Braun spoke to The Times Editorial Board earlier this week regarding the South Shore Line expansion, he didn't seem to have a firm grip where the project was in terms of planning.
We haven't had much experience with Braun's bipartisan aptitudes.
But Donnelly repeatedly has been hailed as one of the most bipartisan lawmakers in Congress.
And he carries that mantle in one of the most politically divided eras in history.
Late last year, the Lugar Center, a think tank led by former U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar, R-Ind., and Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy, rated Donnelly second for bipartisanship among 100 senators on the 2016 index.
Donnelly also was named the second-most bipartisan lawmaker to serve in the Senate since 1993.
He reaches across the aisle, sometimes even voting with the President Donald Trump administration on common sense laws, regardless of their political origin.
Donnelly knows who we are. He knows how to build bridges in these divided times.
He's our clear choice to serve, along with Republican U.S. Sen. Todd Young, as one of two Indiana members of the U.S. Senate.