Rep. Braun continues trend of hiding from Hoosier voters; one event this week was open to the public
INDIANAPOLIS – Rep. Braun made only two publicly-known appearances in Indiana this work week, continuing his trend of making time for wealthy donors while hiding from Hoosier voters.
Rep. Braun held only two publicly known events in Indiana this work week – including a fundraiser with wealthy GOP donors at a country club. His one event where he was accessible to ordinary Hoosiers, a trip to the Indiana State Fair, was not hosted or set up by the Braun campaign.
Rep. Braun has continued to focus on the GOP donor class at the expense of Hoosiers, as an additional Braun campaign event was announced this week – a high-dollar fundraiser in New York City with Donald Trump, Jr. It’s a reminder of his campaign in June, when he was criticized for holding more out-of-state fundraisers in Washington and Beverly Hills than publicly-known campaign events in Indiana.
Rep. Braun’s lackadaisical schedule is striking considering he claimed he was quitting the Statehouse early last year to spend all his time campaigning for the Senate. His appearances during the work week have been rare, and when they come, it’s often to participate in a larger civic event rather than holding a standalone event focused on why he’s running to represent Hoosiers. In contrast, Joe Donnelly has been noted for his tireless efforts on behalf of Hoosiers in the Senate; during the last full week he had to spend in Indiana, he held a seven-day, 40-stop RV tour.
“Rep. Braun simply doesn’t seem to care about hearing from the majority of Hoosier voters, and only makes an appearance if they’re willing to cut him a check,” said Michael Feldman, spokesman for the Indiana Democratic Party. “He abandoned his job in the Statehouse so he could hit the campaign trail – but after only making two appearances this week, it’s clear this supposed ‘outsider’ is more interested in meeting donors like himself than the people he hopes to represent.”