Tully also heaped praise on Lugar, and in one paragraph, essentially endorsed the six-term incumbent's reelection bid: 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: 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.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.
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