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Dems attack Mourdock on Chrysler bankruptcy fight

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Indiana Democrats attacked Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock on Monday for opposing the 2009 Chrysler bankruptcy, a position they see as his biggest weakness.

Mourdock was state treasurer when Chrysler filed for bankruptcy.

Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker released legal invoices from Mourdock's attempt to block the Chrysler deal, which he says put the state in a bad spot. Democrats plan to follow the rollout of the legal invoices in the next six weeks with a statewide tour targeted at communities that would have lost the most jobs if Mourdock's 2009 legal challenge was successful.

"I think this goes to the judgment of the two candidates," Parker said, shortly after ticking through a legal document Monday. "Richard Mourdock was politically motivated. They wanted to blow up the company; it would have cost us thousands of jobs."

Mourdock has credited his 2009 fight against the Chrysler bankruptcy with building his national profile. He has said consistently since then, including throughout his successful primary battle against U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, that he would do the same thing again if given the chance.

Mourdock "stood on principle and fought for Indiana's retired teachers and state police officers against the federal government takeover of Chrysler," Mourdock spokesman Chris Conner said in a prepared statement.

The state Democratic party released a series of invoices it says shows the fight cost the state $2.8 million. The treasurer's office contests that figure, saying only $2.05 million was spent on the case after the law firm, White and Case, agreed to reduce its costs.

Both campaigns are entering a critical final stretch, with four months to go before November's election. The equivalent play by Republicans has been grilling the Democratic candidate, U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, for voting in favor of the federal health care law.

The new push from the Democrats came as Donnelly's campaign announced it raised roughly $900,000 in the last three months and has $1.2 million cash in the bank. The Mourdock campaign announced it raised $1.6 million in that same period but did not immediately say how much cash it had on hand.

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  • bond holders
    Let's face facts, Mr. Murdock was grandstanding for the tea party and will continue to waste our tax dollars grandstanding whenever he can (whether it be $2.05 or $2.8MM is really not the issue - he spent a LOT of our money on a wasted cause that only benefited him and some attorneys). We need someone like Mr. Donnelly who is willing to understand what it takes to get things done, not someone who believes that compromise and collaboration are bad words and will continue to do all he can to pander to the right wing of our party.
  • biggest weakness
    His biggest weakness is that he defeated Richard Lugar who is the greatest elected official in Indiana history. I am a Republican precinct committeeman. My Lugar yard sign remains in my front yard till November. I just had printed 2500 "Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Lugar" bumper stickers.
    • Not in State's interest
      regardless of how one feels about the C bk, it is clear that any alternative would have resulted in up to 10,000 OMB, Tier 1 and Tier 2 job losses in Indiana. The investment was stupid from the get go, and was not worth trying to protect at the expense of our citizens. There was no justification for RM's hopeless crusade. It was clear to every bk lawyer and Judge in the Country that C would not survive without the gov't deal. RM was advised on the bk issues at the very beginning, and chose to ignore the informal opinions provided by all the experts. He had to literally search for a firm willing to rep the State on this challenge.
    • Not in State's interest
      regardless of how one feels about the C bk, it is clear that any alternative would have resulted in up to 10,000 OMB, Tier 1 and Tier 2 job losses in Indiana. The investment was stupid from the get go, and was not worth trying to protect at the expense of our citizens. There was no justification for RM's hopeless crusade. It was clear to every bk lawyer and Judge in the Country that C would not survive without the gov't deal. RM was advised on the bk issues at the very beginning, and chose to ignore the informal opinions provided by all the experts. He had to literally search for a firm willing to rep the State on this challenge.
    • dumb
      The point is, Chrysler went through a govt-backed expedited bankruptcy and the plan was approved (regardless of how various entities were treated under it). Done deal. Mourdock was playing politics when he brought this case, which any competent bankruptcy attorney would tell you was a loser, and he took this loser case all the way to the supreme court, where it (drumroll) ... lost. So yea, he made a name for himself from it in front of the tea party, but he also wasted a whole bunch of taxpayer money. A bunch. So now the moderate voters get to see this for what is.
    • So.......
      Mr. Murdock was trying to make sure the bondholders (State Police & teacher pension plans along with the other fund involved) did not lose the principal they invested in Chrysler. A normal bankruptcy plan would have thrown out all the labor and wage agreements on both sides and new ones that the company could financially handle be negotiated. However, the UAW got what they wanted and the pension funds got screwed which the taxpayers may have to make up the difference. That decision by the bankruptcy court should make any investor (indiviudal, investment company, or govt pension fund) think twice about investing in Chrysler or any other company's debt as they may not get their principal investment back which was s standard in common law for the prior 400 or so years. Then the only source would be the govt (taxpayers) which would suit the Democrats very much-no more private investment.
      • So.......
        Mr. Murdock was trying to make sure the bondholders (State Police & teacher pension plans along with the other fund involved) did not lose the principal they invested in Chrysler. A normal bankruptcy plan would have thrown out all the labor and wage agreements on both sides and new ones that the company could financially handle be negotiated. However, the UAW got what they wanted and the pension funds got screwed which the taxpayers may have to make up the difference. That decision by the bankruptcy court should make any investor (indiviudal, investment company, or govt pension fund) think twice about investing in Chrysler or any other company's debt as they may not get their principal investment back which was s standard in common law for the prior 400 or so years. Then the only source would be the govt (taxpayers) which would suit the Democrats very much-no more private investment.

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