Tully also heaped praise on Lugar, and in one paragraph, essentially endorsed the six-term incumbent's reelection bid:
"...I think it would be a mistake for Indiana voters to dismiss Lugar. His record, and his rational and professional style in these irrational political times, warrants another re-election."
The other piece out Friday touted Lugar in a more indirect manner. Brian Howey
, whose columns are syndicated in more than 20 newspapers across the state, lambasted state Treasurer Richard Mourdock
, Lugar's primary opponent. Howey has made a habit of criticizing Mourdock this election cycle, and the Mourdock campaign has regularly objected to his coverage of the race.
In Friday's column
, Howey once again raises questions about Mourdock's job performance (or lack thereof) as treasurer and chastises him for not discussing the topic with reporters. Howey's column concludes with a bang:
"...when it comes to his conduct in office and on the campaign trail, what we find is opaqueness. The transparency is lacking. Mourdock is making a compelling case for some quarters against Sen. Lugar, yet his own office and campaign are cloaked in the shadows."
Taken in tandem, the two pieces reveal two separate narratives Lugar's campaign will likely emphasize in the month's ahead: Lugar's long career of distinguished service to the state and Mourdock's own shortcomings -- in the campaign and as treasurer.