”I’m not asking anybody to cross over,” Lugar said. “I’m just saying positively to register your vote. Otherwise, if you do not, I may not be able to continue serving you.”
Ginni Schneider is a Mourdock volunteer working to put an end to Lugar’s service in the Senate. The Anderson retiree has been knocking on doors, making phone calls, and sending out e-mails to friends, family, and neighbors, urging them to get out to vote.
”He’s 80 years old, for God’s sake,” said Schneider. “It’s time for him to pass the baton.”
This is Schneider’s first real venture into a political campaign. She and her husband decided to become active after they met Mourdock in person. They found him to be a “true conservative” on fiscal and social issues that are important to them.
Schneider estimates that she’s handed out more 4,000 pro-Mourdock flyers and knocked on hundreds of doors.
”I’ve never been a person who wants fame,” she said. “But I’m a great cheerleader for other people. If I really love them, I’ll do anything to support them.”
The 60-year-old Mourdock, in his second term as state treasurer, has attracted enthusiastic support from Tea Party members like Schneider.
Garry Crone of Zionsville was among the Mourdock campaign volunteers who attended a “get out the vote” rally Saturday in Lugar’s home territory of Indianapolis. The Howey/DePauw poll showed Lugar was losing support in the city where he was once mayor.
Crone had met Mourdock at small gathering of supporters at a pizza parlor, Arni’s Restaurant in Lebanon.
”We connected right away,” he said. “I’ve never voted for anybody else but Richard Lugar. But not this time.”
Craig Kline of Linton brought his young son, Asa, to the rally. He said he’s been campaigning for Mourdock in his mostly pro-Democratic neighborhood and finding some support.