Rumor has it that the powers that be have advised Stutzman to lay low because he has the election “in the bag.” Maybe that’s why Stutzman makes half-hearted appearances at functions and leaves before they conclude. Or why he has yet to make his positions public after indicating that things were “coming together.”
Stutzman has made few appearances throughout the district – could it be because the Republican higher-ups have told him to keep his mouth shut lest he put his foot in it? And where is his money? Of course, the old standbys are evident – Popp and Freeland. But little else is showing up as of today’s date. The filing deadline was September 30th, so maybe we will see some donations somewhere.
His little “please choose me” caucus party at the Tin Caps cost $1944.00, but other than that there has been little action to date on expenditures. Now, do I believe for one second that his money sources are not there? Absolutely not. What is interesting – and I am not an expert at reading these FEC reports – is that Stutzman is still showing as receiving money through his expired Senate campaign committee.
I was under the impression that the Senate primary determined that Mr. Stutzman was no longer in the Senate race since he had been upended by the carpetbagger from North Carolina, Dan Coats. Yet, a 115-page report was filed on July 15, 2010, under the reference SOIN00095, which appears to be a Senate designation.
The voters are being deprived of a real house race by Stutzman’s absence. He mostly appears at functions where he is well insulated by supportive crowds. He continues to mislead in his responses to legitimate questions – for example, how was he forced to take the farm subsidies when intentional applications must be made to receive them?
Of course, the traditionally red-dominated Third District certainly enables him to assume a “tsk, tsk, I have it made” attitude followed by his decision to conduct his campaign in abstentia.
On the other hand, Dr. Hayhurst has consistently been touring the Third District, answering questions and facing full-on the residents of this district. Why? One simple distinction. Dr. Hayhurst and his wife believe in this district and want the best for its residents. Stutzman grew up in Michigan, and he lives in Howe with most of his farming operation located in Michigan – not Indiana.
And, as to Stutzman’s latest endorsement from the NRA? Apparently, the NRA believes it is more acceptable to pay lip service to the protection of our rights and to sit back and vote for gun rights secured by the Second Amendment rather than actually serve your country and understand what it means to help serve and protect.
Dr. Hayhurst voluntarily served during the Vietnam War era as a Major in the Air Force – certainly distinguishes him from Stutzman’s non-service even though Stutzman certainly could have chosen to volunteer as Dr. Hayhurst chose to do to protect this country.
So, I guess I will ask again – where is Marlin and his money, and what is he up to? The old saying has it that hiding is the coward’s way out.