INDIANAPOLIS – Congressman Messer’s campaign claimed that he missed several campaign stops because he missed his flight from his home in Washington, but questions remain as to what he was doing outside of Indiana in the first place in the middle of a pivotal congressional recess.
Congressman Messer was scheduled to have stops in Indianapolis and Kokomo this morning and early afternoon. George Myers, a reporter for the Kokomo Tribune, however, reported that he did not attend the Kokomo eventthat was supposed to begin at 1:45 p.m. today.
When asked about his absence, Congressman Messer’s campaign said that the campaign had pulled the event because his flight from D.C. had been cancelled. However, no flight today from any of the three Washington-area airports into Indiana has been cancelled.
It’s unclear why Congressman Messer was at home in Washington last night instead of on the campaign trail ten days into a congressional recess and with just over a month to go until election day. No recent public or internal poll of the Republican primary has shown Congressman Messer in the lead.
“With barely than a month to go until the campaign, why did Congressman Messer need to fly back into Indiana today from his Washington home, ten days into a House recess? It’s not clear why missing a morning flight would cause him to miss multiple events considering how many flights there are daily from Washington-area airports to Indiana,” said Michael Feldman, spokesman for the Indiana Democratic Party. “Congressman Messer could have avoided this issue entirely if he simply lived in Indiana like the Hoosiers he hopes to represent.”
A photo of Congressman Messer’s Kokomo “Meet & Greet” event page: