Republican “Young Guns” Group Betrays Conservative Movement, Dumps Money into Saving Dick Lugar

How exactly does someone like Dick Lugar fit into the mold of fresh, new conservatives for the party via the Young Guns program?

Senator Richard Lugar

Senator Richard Lugar (Photo credit: Ted Lipien)

The GOP Young Guns were, at one time, considered to be a fantastic group focused on helping young conservatives knock down old-school Democrat incumbents. NPR wrote this about the Young Guns back in 2010.

When Election Day comes around in six weeks, Republicans are expected to pick up seats in the House of Representatives — at the very least. With voter dissatisfaction high and the economy laid low, the GOP hopes that voters will give them the majority.

If that happens, a group of ambitious conservatives is waiting in the wings. They call themselves the “Young Guns” — and they know they can’t be the same old GOP.

It was an effort we all supported and wanted to see bring about much success for the true conservative cause. Which makes this news quite heart breaking.

Politico reports that the Young Guns Network, “a group affiliated with two former aides to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor,” just spent $104,628.00 to support six-term incumbent senator Richard Lugar in his primary battle to hold his seat against state treasurer Richard Mourdock. The money, according to disclosures, went to “mailers” in favor of the 80-year-old Lugar, who now looks likely to lose to his more conservative challenger.

I’m at a loss here. As a reminder of some of Lugar’s recent positions as a GOP Senator…

Lugar’s active support for the DREAM Act, his backing of the New START treaty, and his votes to confirm Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan have soured many Indiana conservatives on the longtime senator, who was first elected in 1976.

“In Indiana, I don’t think we feel comfortable with Obama referring to Richard Lugar as his favoriteRepublican senator. That’s not a title that I want my senator to have,” says Craig Dunn, chairman of the Howard County GOP and a former campaigner for Lugar.

How exactly does someone like Dick Lugar fit into the mold of fresh, new conservatives for the party via the Young Guns program?

-Eric Odom

  • Impeach Nancy Pelosi

    No they don’t… the “Young Guns” program is supporting the extremely moderate (R) in my race as well. -SF

  • Jackson Howard Wagner

    Supporting Sotomayor and Kagan isn’t good, but START reduces the risk of Nuclear war, and the Dream Act is perfectly reasonable. If the GOP wants to crush the Democrats, it MUST garner the Hispanic vote. And the only way to do that is to support the inherent right of every non-criminal in the world to enter this country for any purpose they deem fit. Immigration made this country strong, because it meant that freedom lovers everywhere flocked to us, bringing their creativity and ingenuity and thus making the United States the center of innovation for the entire world.

  • Eric J. Kinsey

    I live Indianapolis. Dick Lugar was the mayor here in the 70s who engineered Unigov and saved the city from becoming another Gary or Detroit. However, he did a lot of stupid crap that is still holding the city back; rolled over for forced bussing, built giant welfare apartment blocks like Lugar Tower and Barton Apartments and was perfectly happy to let HUD run crime infested housing for decades. We recently had our secretary of state, Charlie White, resign over some hyper technical voter registration rules. Yet, Tricky Dick has been registered to vote at a home he sold 36 YEARS AGO. On top of that his son got busted for smoking weed in a cop car in McCordsville, IN about 10 years ago and nothing came of it. If you cant see how Lugar has been corrupted by living in DC for so long then you are a fool. His time at the Federal teet has passed. He needs to GO.

  • Mary Darby

    (verified by Snopes)

    The real reason that Nancy Pelosi is
    considering retiring is that they took her Jet away.

    Ah, poor baby!

    As a result of a Judicial Watch filing
    under the Freedom of Information Act, the USAF released documents
    detailing House Speaker Pelosi’s use of United States Air Force
    aircraft between March 2009 and June 2010. The data are
    published in the Judicial Watch Verdict of December 2010,
    Volume 16, Issue 12.

    Here are the main highlights revealed by
    the USAF. Keep in mind that all the data below relate to United
    States Air Force aircraft used by one woman over a sixteen month

    Several of these flights included Ms. Pelosi’s
    guests, such as grown children, grandchildren, various in-laws,
    friends and hangers-on. Over 95% of the trips were between the
    west coast and Washington , DC , for what you might call a commute
    between home and the office. READ it and WEEP!!

    >Total trips: 85 over a 68 week period, or
    1.25 average trips per week.

    >Total mileage: 206,264 miles, or 2,427
    average miles per trip.

    >Total flying time: 428.6 hours, or an average of
    5 hours per trip.
    >Cost to the taxpayers: $2,100,744, or $27,715 per
    trip, or $1,285,162 per year!
    >Cost of in flight food and alcohol: $101,429;
    $1,193 per trip; $62,051 per year.

    On one junket to Baghdad, according to the Air
    Force report, she had the aircraft bar stocked with Johnny
    Walker Red Scotch, Grey Goose Vodka, E&J Brandy, Bailey’s
    Irish Cream, Maker’s Mark Whiskey, Courvoisier Cognac, Bacardi
    Rum, Jim Beam Whiskey, Beefeater Gin, Dewar’s Scotch, Bombay
    Sapphire Gin, Jack Daniels Whiskey, Corona Beer and several
    varieties of wine. This was obviously a very important
    “gubment bidness” trip.

    Evidence generally speaks for itself, and in Ms.
    Pelosi’s case it speaks the language of abuse and (evidently) a
    serious familial drinking problem, for in a single year she
    and her spawn drank an amount in excess of the net income of
    the average employed American! When she said, “… If the
    stimulus doesn’t pass, five hundred million people might lose
    their jobs…”, I thought she was unintentionally revealing her
    ignorance. I’m now more inclined to think she was pickled.

    Even though she can no longer abuse the USAF, she
    can either fly on her broom, or fly Southwest Airlines, where
    bags fly free.

    If you are an AMERICAN citizen it is YOUR DUTY to

    Because, you won’t see this reported on