Senator Richard Lugar says he will reimburse the Treasury for hotel bills that were paid using taxpayer money. Lugar spokesman Andy Fisher says the issue was brought to their attention after an inquiry from the political news organization Politico.
“So we reviewed our accounts and determined that during adjournment periods there were about $4,500 dollars of official senate business expenses that were paid and should not have been because they were in the Senator’s home duty station area of Indianapolis,” Fisher says.
The campaign of Lugar’s opponent Richard Mourdock points out that in these records Lugar used the address of the home that he no longer owns. Lugar’s residency has been a topic of debate in the campaign, and Mourdock spokesman Jim Holden says the new findings support the idea that Lugar has not been in the state enough to know the needs of Indiana voters.
“What we have been saying is that he’s out of touch on the issues, and we’ve been talking about those issues for over a year now in this campaign,” he says.
The Lugar campaign says any errors should be corrected, but the criticism over this issue comes largely from Mourdock’s attempts to discredit the Senator.