Luke Messer Launches Senate Campaign At BBQ
By Mike Perleberg
Indiana 6th District Congressman Luke Messer (R) launched his campaign for U.S. Senate during a barbecue event in Morristown on Saturday, August 12. Photo via Luke Messer for Senate.
(Morristown, Ind.) – Luke Messer is officially in the race for U.S. Senate in Indiana.
After weeks of letting it be known that he will run in 2018, the southern Indiana congressman officially kicked off his campaign Saturday during the annual Messer Family BBQ hosted in Morristown.
“Hoosiers deserve a United States Senator who will look out for them 100 percent of the time… not just talk like a Hoosier back home, then vote with the liberals in Washington,” Messer said during his announcement speech. “Good-paying jobs, less government and a stronger America. That’s what I’ll be fighting for.”
His campaign’s official logo is an outline of Indiana with the phrase “I like Luke” superimposed.
Messer is running with the backing of several key Indiana Republicans, including Vice President Mike Pence’s brother, Greg Pence, who is the campaign’s chairman.
“Today I am standing with Luke Messer because he stands with Hoosiers,” Greg Pence said. “Luke Messer is the only candidate who can unite our Party, defeat Joe Donnelly, and help President Trump and my brother Mike Pence deliver results for Hoosiers.”
Messer is facing a crowded Republican field that includes Indiana 4th District Congressman Todd Rokita, State Rep. Mike Braun, former Dan Coats aide Mark Hurt, Hamilton County businessman Terry Henderson and Purdue Polytechnic Institute New Albany director Andrew Takami. The winner of that GOP May primary race will take on incumbent Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly in November of 2018.