Indiana's Joe Donnelly and "The Washington Crowd"
by Charles Lemos, Tue Aug 10, 2010 at 10:57:27 PM EDT
Two-term Democratic Congressman Joe Donnelly, who represents the Indiana Second Congressional District that covers north central Indiana including South Bend, has released the above 30 second spot. The ad touts Rep. Donnelly's tough anti-immigration stance.
"No one should ever be rewarded for breaking the law," Donnelly says in reference to illegal immigration. "That may not be what the Washington crowd wants. But I don't work for them, I work for you."
By the "Washington crowd," Rep. Donnelly means President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader John Boehner.
Over at his campaign website, Rep. Donnelly assures his constituents that he will "an independent voice" for the district, adding that it "has never been about Democrats or Republicans" but "about doing what is right for families" in Indiana and across the country.
The Long Island born and Notre Dame graduate Donnelly is an anti-abortion-rights Democrat who did vote for the healthcare reform law this year but he is opposed to the Obama Justice Department's lawsuit seeking to overturn the Arizona immigration law. He supports more border agents, penalizing businesses that hire illegal immigrants, deporting illegal immigrants convicted of felonies and eliminating "amnesty."
Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post has more on the story. Donnelly is not considered to be vulnerable this cycle. He won re-election with 58 percent of the vote and leads his GOP opponent state Rep. Jackie Walorski by 17 points.