“U.S. Sen. Mike Braun said he was glad he wasn’t in Gov. Eric Holcomb’s position when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the state.”
“[Braun] asked people to resist being wooed by the high amount of federal funding cities, counties and states are receiving due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Democratic Party, the organization that advocates for the future of Indiana and its families, today criticized U.S. Senator Mike Braun for rooting against Indiana’s recovery from COVID-19 while bragging about how he’s “glad” not to be Indiana’s governor — despite holding a place of leadership himself. In fact, Braun continued the Indiana Republican Party’s predictable pattern of putting extreme partisanship and conspiracy theories – like sowing doubt in the 2020 presidential election results – above getting things done for Hoosier families, like supporting the American Rescue Plan.
However, Senator Braun’s rigid partisanship hit a new low: he’s actively rooting against Indiana’s recovery from COVID-19. Braun advised Hoosiers to be “real careful” not to be “wooed” by the relief President Biden’s Rescue Plan would bring Allen County — including $75 million for the county itself, $50.7 million for Fort Wayne, $3.3 million for New Haven, and $130 million for schools across the county.
This is politics at its worst, and Senator Braun made clear he only wants to “talk” about the issues, not show any leadership in solving today’s problems facing Hoosier families.
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: “U.S. Sen. Mike Braun said he was glad he wasn’t in Gov. Eric Holcomb’s position when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the state.” […]
“When asked about the governor’s recent use of vetoes, the senator from Indiana said this year has brought out issues that make people evaluate how much power they want their government to have.
‘I think you’ve seen the legislature that has been a little less interested in mandates, one size fits all. The governor, though, had the tough job of being the point person to navigate through it,’ Braun, a Republican, said, later adding, ‘All I can tell you is that when this all started a little over a year ago, there was a lot of uncertainty. I’m glad I wasn’t in the spot where I had to navigate through it other than talk about it as being senator.’” […]
“Allen County Republican Headquarters hosted a breakfast for Braun’s visit, and Braun took the opportunity to spend time in front of the microphone and more casually one-on-one with residents talking about the governmental issues. He asked people to resist being wooed by the high amount of federal funding cities, counties and states are receiving due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘My message, whenever I’m talking to supporters or even people I’m trying to convince otherwise, is that you have to be real careful when we have times like these,’ Braun said. ‘It seems like there is so much money coming from the federal government, (and) there’s so much being offered. You know that doesn’t make sense in the mid- and long-term.’”