Press Release
| Bob Salera

Top Donnelly surrogate dined with dictator

New reports show that Andre Carson, a top campaign surrogate for Mexico Joe Donnelly, attended a private meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and noted anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, along with Democratic National Committee Deputy Chairman Keith Ellison.

Carson, who starred in Mexico Joe’s campaign kickoff radio ad, met with Farrakhan and Rouhani just before the Obama administration agreed to the Joint Plan of Action, the precursor to the disastrous Iran nuclear deal. At the time, Iran was aggressively developing their nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program that was threatening Israel and other Western nations. In light of this startling revelation about his key supporter’s history of dining with oppressive dictators and bigots, will Mexico Joe denounce Carson? Or, considering that Mexico Joe voted for President Obama’s Iran deal, which sent billions in sanctions relief to a state supporter of terrorism, will he tacitly endorse Carson and his extremism.

“After Mexico Joe’s unpopular vote in favor of the disastrous Iran nuclear deal, it shouldn’t be a surprise that his top campaign surrogate was meeting with the head of the oppressive regime,” said NRSC Spokesman Bob Salera. “If Mexico Joe won’t immediately denounce Andre Carson, it will prove that he can’t be trusted to keep the United States or our allies safe.”

Background:

In September 2015, Donnelly Voted Against Cloture For The Iran Deal Disapproval Resolution. “Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the McConnell, R-Ky., substitute amendment no. 2640, that would replace the measure with a joint resolution that would disapprove of the nuclear agreement reached with Iran by the United States and five other nations that was transmitted by the president to Congress on July 19, 2015, for purposes of prohibiting any waiver or suspension of statutory sanctions by the United States pursuant to the agreement.” (S. Amdt. 2640 To H.J.Res. 61, Roll Call Vote #264: Cloture Motion Rejected 58-42, 9/10/15, Donnelly Voted Nay)

In September 2015, Donnelly Voted Against Cloture For The Iran Deal Disapproval Resolution. “Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the McConnell, R-Ky., substitute amendment no. 2640, that would replace the measure with a joint resolution that would disapprove of the nuclear agreement reached with Iran by the United States and five other nations that was transmitted by the president to Congress on July 19, 2015, for purposes of prohibiting any waiver or suspension of statutory sanctions by the United States pursuant to the agreement.” (S. Amdt. 2640 To H.J. Res. 61, Roll Call Vote #265: Cloture Motion Rejected 56-42, 9/15/15, Donnelly Voted Nay)

In September 2015, Donnelly Voted Against Cloture For The Iran Deal Disapproval Resolution. “Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the McConnell, R-Ky., substitute amendment no. 2640, that would disapprove of the nuclear agreement reached with Iran by the United States and five other nations that was transmitted by the president to Congress on July 19, 2015, for purposes of prohibiting any waiver or suspension of statutory sanctions by the United States pursuant to the agreement.” (S. Amdt. 2640 To H.J. Res. 61, Roll Call Vote #267: Cloture Motion Rejected 56-42, 9/17/15, Donnelly Voted Nay)