INDIANAPOLIS – Rep. Braun may have entered the Indiana GOP Senate primary believing he could stay out of the mudslinging that’s defined the “nastiest race in politics,” but it’s clear that won’t be the case. A pair of articles looking at the primary yesterday, published in National Journal and Howey Politics Indiana, made clear none of the three major GOP candidates are going to emerge from the primary unscathed—and that includes Rep. Braun. Whether it’s mocking the infighting between the two Washington Republicans as “the gift that keeps on giving” or taking some of his first hits for making his money off a company that sold foreign car parts, he’s found himself in the thick of the fighting.
“Occasionally, you get a gift when you do something, and this has been the gift that keeps on giving,” Braun said.” [National Journal, 11/28/17]
Braun owns a nationwide vehicle parts supply company, a true Hoosier success story. He has previously stated that, while his emphasis was on American companies, his firm had to accommodate the fact that not all vehicles sold (and certainly not parts) are American-made. Off the top of my head, I can think of at least six powerful ads featuring foreign parts sold by his firm. The simplest would be Donnelly standing in front of one of Braun’s stores, surrounded by boxes of parts made in Japan and Mexico. ” [HPI, 11/28/17]