U.S. Sen. Donnelly endorses Democratic U.S. House hopeful Bock

Donnelly touts Bock as a 'proven consensus builder.’ 

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 2:36 p.m.

U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly is endorsing Democratic U.S. House hopeful Joe Bock in his bid to unseat Rep. Jackie Walorski, a GOPer.

Bock is a “proven consensus builder,” said Donnelly, who held the 2nd District House post for three terms before moving to the Senate last year.

“In order to create jobs, balance the budget and protect Social Security and Medicare, both parties will have to work together,” Donnelly said in a statement Tuesday, June 10. “And that bipartisanship — the actual working together — can take hold more quickly and produce results when proven consensus builders are sent to Congress to represent us.”

Bock, in the same statement, continued on the theme: “I am running for Congress because northern Indiana needs a representative who will listen, try to understand both sides and identify people who are reasonable to work with and then make things happen.” Bock is an instructor at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend.

Meanwhile, the National Republican Congressional Committee sent an e-mail, noting conflicting past statements of Bock and Donnelly on the North American Free Trade Agreement. “...(A)re we even sure Donnelly knows what Bock stands or doesn’t stand for?” NRCC spokeswoman Katie Prill said in the e-mail.

In comments published in 1997, the NRCC said, Bock said the trade accord between Mexico, Canada and the United States was a “good thing.” In 2005, Donnelly expressed opposition to such trade accords, warning they would result in job losses.

Donnelly, a moderate Democrat from Granger, held the 2nd District post from January 2007 until January 2013. In 2012, he was elected to the U.S. Senate, moving to the upper chamber, while Walorski was elected to the 2nd District spot.

Libertarian Jeff Petermann is also running for the 2nd District post, which covers north central Indiana, including Elkhart County.

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