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Burton’s New 5th District Challenger Has Famous Name

Is the newest candidate for Indiana's 5th District seat related to its senior senator or not?

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Dan Burton has a new challenger in the 5th District -- but is he related to another famous politician or not?

In an increasingly crowded primary against 5th District Congressman Dan Burton, the least known candidate may have the best-known name. Fishers attorney and realtor Jack Lugar says he is a distant relation at best to Indiana Senator Richard Lugar — whose campaign says they are not related at all.

It is precisely his lack of political experience the Fishers Lugar hopes will make him stand out in a five-way Republican race. He argues he is not beholden to special interests or political parties and is more in tune with the needs of everyday voters.

Lugar says he would reinvigorate the economy through deregulation, and he backs the “cut, cap and balance” approach to the national debt, slashing and capping spending, while passing a constitutional amendment to ban future deficits.

Former U.S. Attorney Susan Brooks, former Marion County Coroner John McGoff and former congressman David McIntosh are also challenging Burton in the primary. Lugar acknowledges his biggest challenge will be matching his opponents’ fundraising and name recognition.

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