INDIANAPOLIS – The nation’s nastiest and most expensive primary has come to an end, and Rep. Braun is the last man standing in what was described as the “circular firing squad” of the past year. But after roughly $1 million in negative ads were aired against him by members of his own party, Hoosiers know that Rep. Braun is looking out for himself and his bottom line instead of Indiana. Whether it’s voting repeatedly to raise Hoosiers’ taxes while cutting his own, or funding his Senate campaign with the profits of imported auto parts made by Chinese labor instead of Hoosier workers, voters already know that Rep. Braun is running for the Senate seat because he believes public office is the best platform for further self-enrichment.
Here is what Hoosiers have already learned about Rep. Braun:
Rep. Braun is not looking out for Hoosiers, he’s looking out for himself:As the Associated Press reported, Rep. Braun has made millions through his company that has repeatedly imported auto parts from China. It’s those profits, made with cheap foreign labor at the expense of Hoosiers, that have been used for months to buy his Senate nomination. Moreover, at the height of the backlash against Carrier’s decision to ship Hoosiers’ jobs to Mexico, he broke with members of both parties to side with Carrier and outsourcers like it instead of Hoosier workers.
Rep. Braun’s self-dealing tenure in the Statehouse helped himself get richer at Hoosiers’ expense by cutting his own taxes while raising them on everyone else: During his time at the Statehouse, Rep. Braun crafted legislation to cut taxes on the timber industry, a move seen as unethical given that Rep. Braun is one of Indiana’s largest timber land owners. At the same time, Rep. Braun voted to raise Hoosiers’ taxes dozens of times, amounting to billions of dollars in new taxes, including the largest tax increase in Hoosier history.
Rep. Braun is running on his success as a business owner, but his own business treats its workers terribly: Rep. Braun’s company, Meyer Distributing, has faced lawsuits and hundreds of violations citing poor worker treatment. Suits and complaints allege that Rep. Braun’s company fails to pay his employees what they’ve earned, denies them breaks, and forces them to work dangerously long shifts that are a hazard to themselves and others.
Hoosiers who have been paying attention know that Rep. Braun isn’t looking out for them, he’s looking out for his wallet — and he views elected office as the best opportunity to pad his bottom line. Even voters who haven’t been following him as closely still already know that he’s voted to cut his own taxes while raising them for the rest of the state, thanks to the high-profile primary and its brutal ad war. Rep. Braun may have just survived the primary, but making it through the next six months will be a much more difficult task.