Indiana Democrats gave Fox News a detailed list of Sen. Dick Lugar's (R-Ind.) travel accounts on Wednesday, slamming him for spending taxpayer dollars on hotels since he doesn't have a home in the state.
The papers suggest that Lugar's time in the state has been limited to less than a year over the last two decades, which the Lugar campaign says is completely false."[Lugar] spends a quarter of the year, every year in the state," Lugar spokesman David Wilkie told Fox, and pointed out that Lugar still owns a farm in Indiana and has spent 89 days in the state in the last year.
National Democrats pounced on the story. "If there were still any doubts about how badly Dick Lugar has turned his back on Indiana, this report removes them entirely," said Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesperson Shripal Shah. "It's bad enough that Dick Lugar has completely neglected Indiana since coming to Washington decades ago, but it's even worse for him to make tax payers pay for him to sporadically visit the state at his own convenience."
Lugar's primary challenger, Tea Party favorite and Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R), has been hitting him on the issue for some time.
Lugar will be the heavy favorite over Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) if he wins his primary, but while he has a major cash advantage over Mourdock, whose campaign has struggled with organization, he could face a tough primary race.