Long endorses Messer in 2018 Senate race

Staff Report

INDIANAPOLIS — Senate President Pro Tem David Long endorsed U.S. Rep. Luke Messer’s run for Indiana’s 2018 Senate seat.

Senate President Pro Tempore David Long, R-Fort Wayne, has endorsed U.S. Rep. Luke Messer in the 2018 Senate race. Photo By Dustin Beach, TheStatehouseFile.com

Long picked Messer the day after U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita officially announced his campaign.

In a statement, Long said he has known Messer for many years and was impressed by the work that Messer did with former Gov. Mitch Daniels as a member of the Indiana House.

“As a quickly-rising star in the US Congress, Luke has proven he can work with difficult coalitions of interests to move an agenda for the American people,” Long said.

He said that out of all the candidates that have announced their intentions to run, Messer would be the best to represent the interests of Hoosiers.

In addition to Messer and Rokita, four other candidates are launching campaigns — Hamilton County businessman Terry Hamilton, state Rep. Mike Braun of Jasper, New Albany college administrator Andrew Tatami and Kokomo attorney Mark Hurt. Whoever wins the Republican primary will face incumbent Democrat U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly.

Long, R-Fort Wayne, praised Messer for his commitment to educational choice and fighting to ensure Hoosiers have options to pursue an education.

Luke Messer is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana.

“At a time when seemingly nothing gets done in Washington and partisanship is more important to some than country, Luke Messer is the type of strong yet thoughtful conservative who can help break through the quagmire of inaction and put the interests of our state and nation first,” he said in a press release.

Messer said Long is a friend and a mentor.

“Senator Long’s leadership has been central to all of Indiana’s biggest policy achievements over the past decade,” Messer said in a statement. “His endorsement is energizing not only to me, but everyone on our team who is working to elect a U.S. Senator who votes with Hoosiers 100 percent of the time.”

Messer’s campaign will kick off Saturday at the 6th Annual Messer Family BBQ in Morristown.

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