Incumbent Congressman Bob Goodlatte is in the midst of a three debate series with challenger Andy Schmookler. They debated in Roanoke on Saturday, in Bridgewater yesterday, and are scheduled for a final debate in Lynchburg tonight.
But a reader let us know that Goodlatte’s name recently cropped up in another debate – in Indiana.
There, Republican State Treasurer Richard Mourdock and Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly are running for the seat held by Dick Lugar (who was defeated in a primary by Mourdock).
Those two debated last night — and in Donnelly name-checked Goodlatte in his opening statement, which focused on bipartisanship. He noted that he’s voted for more than $2 trillion in spending cuts and then said, “I made sure we had a vote for a balanced budget amendment I worked with my good friend Bob Goodlatte on.”
Donnelly then wrapped up his opening statement with this line: “It’s not about right or left – it’s about America.”
You may recall the balanced budget amendment got a guaranteed vote (it didn’t pass) as part of the deal worked out last year to raise the debt ceiling. That was the same deal, incidentally, which produced the “fiscal cliff” that’s been a part of recent political discussion.
– Mason Adams