State Rep. Mike Braun of Jasper announced he was joining the crowded field of U.S. Senate Republican candidates in next year’s election.
Elected to the state legislature in 2014, Braun highlighted his private sector experience in his announcement. He pointed out his business experience as the founder and CEO of Meyer Distributing gave him the ability to bring real world solutions to Washington DC. Under his leadership, the Jasper-based auto parts distribution company has become a nationwide company with locations in 38 states.
“I made my career in the private sector. Our country needs more people who can tackle big issues from perspectives gained from running a business and not a career politician’s perspective,” Braun said in a statement on his campaign website. “I’ve spent my life building a business and creating jobs. I am running for U.S. Senate because we need leaders who understand the real consequences of the failure of our federal government and are capable of delivering solutions for Hoosiers on issues like health care and tax reform.”
In announcing his intentions to join the race, Braun pledged to help President Donald Trump. ““I am ready to go to Washington to deliver Donald Trump reinforcements as he takes on the DC swamp,” he said in the statement. “Last year’s presidential election showed that Hoosiers know outsiders with business experience are the country’s best hope to fix the broken political system in Washington. Most importantly, Hoosiers want leaders who can break the hold career politicians have on the system and make conservative change happen. It’s time to replace Joe Donnelly with a Hoosier conservative who can get the job done. That is what I will do in Washington.”
Braun portrayed Democrat Sen. Joe Donnelly as an ally of liberals in Congress in his statement.
“Joe Donnelly has consistently voted with the liberals in Washington. Donnelly voted for Obamacare, Obama’s radical Supreme Court justices, trillions in reckless spending and debt, and stood with Barack Obama as he worked to destroy this country,” he said. “Now he is standing with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer as they block President Trump’s efforts to bring real conservative change to Washington.”
The field is expected to include U.S. Reps. Luke Messer and Todd Rokita and Kokomo attorney Mark Hurt, with other entries possible.
Here is a story on Braun’s earlier statements regarding the run.