At 21 and 26 years of age
A Republican candidate for U.S. Senate is under scrutiny because of two DUI’s on his record.
Luke Messer got his start in state politics in 2003 when he was chosen to replace State Rep. Roland Stine in after Stine was killed by a drunk driver.
But according to The Indianapolis Star, Messer did not disclose the DUI’s on his record to all of the party leaders who chose him for that seat.
According to the Indy Star, Messer got a DUI when he was 21-years-old while he was still a student at Wabash, and he was 26-years-old while he was working for a law firm in Marion County.
Messer’s campaign released the following statement today, blaming his opponents.
“Luke has acknowledged and apologized for these mistakes which occurred more than 23 years ago. Both instances have been public and were used unsuccessfully by Republican and Democrat opponents in past campaigns. Indiana voters will see the latest attack for what it is: more last minute dirty tricks from (Todd) Rokita’s failing campaign.”
In a race that’s been described as the GOP’s ‘nastiest’ primary, Messer, Rokita and former State Rep. Mike Braun are fighting for the Republican nomination to go up against Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) in the general election this fall.