IN THE NEWS: Joe Donnelly’s “message and brand” of hard work, common sense appeals to all Hoosiers, new Yahoo News profile says
Joe Donnelly puts in the work to deliver results for all Hoosiers, regardless of political party, rather than hog the spotlight for himself, a lengthy Yahoo News profile this morning makes clear.
No matter the political environment, Joe’s hard work and common sense have helped create a “message and brand that appeals to Democratic and Republican voters in the state.”
From Yahoo News: Indiana’s Joe Donnelly shows up and does his job. But is that enough to win in the age of Trump?
And yet, everybody talks about how nice a guy he is, how everybody likes him. It’s hard to find anybody who will say a bad word about him personally, even Republican operatives who call to talk about the race off the record.
Still, the 62-year-old first-term U.S. senator is considered one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the country in this fall’s election, because the old playbook for getting reelected isn’t enough.
“Just do the work,” is what Donnelly’s father always told him. Donnelly’s dad was a small business owner… [His] wife, Donnelly’s mother, died when Joe was 10.
And Donnelly’s ethos — hard work, common sense, bipartisan compromise, disdain for grandstanding — is right in line with Hoosier values.
Success is, he says, “making the lives of people in our state better, making the lives of people in our country better.”
In his first term in the Senate, Donnelly has been a quiet member, focused on issues that matter to Indiana voters of both parties: mental health care and suicide prevention for military veterans, and combatting the opioids epidemic. But he has not made many headlines, even for a freshman who soon found himself a member of the minority party.
But somewhat like the 2004 race, Donnelly is going to put himself in position to win even if it turns out he can’t. It’s the kind of approach that had him fielding ground balls at 6:40 a.m. on a recent weekday morning in Washington, getting ready for the congressional baseball game. He was moved a few years ago from outfield to first base to make room for speedier legs that can cover more ground. He knew he might not field the position perfectly, but he didn’t want it to be because he was unprepared.
“I might miss one in the game but it won’t be because I didn’t field 300 grounders in practice,” he said.