Hypocrisy Alert: Joe Donnelly’s Family Business Uses China Imports

Indiana Democrat Joe Donnelly’s family business has been nothing but a headache for the incumbent senator. Last summer, the Associated Press reported that the business, Stewart Superior Corp., ships “thousands of pounds of raw materials to Mexico,” only for the finished products to be transported back to the U.S. for sale.

On Thursday, with just days to go until the November midterms, the Associated Press reported yet another Donnelly hypocrisy: despite criticizing his Republican opponent Mike Braun’s business practices, Donnelly’s family business “received repeated shipments of goods from China for much of this decade.”

Yet for Donnelly, whose neck-and-neck race with Braun could help determine which party controls the Senate, it ignores one inconvenient detail. Stewart Superior Corp., a family business that he owned stock in, has also received repeated shipments of goods from China for much of this decade, records reviewed by The Associated Press show.

That makes Donnelly susceptible to charges of hypocrisy while undercutting one of his main attacks on Braun before an election in which working-class support will be crucial. It’s also likely to ratchet up a GOP onslaught that was already intensifying after Donnelly cast a “no” vote against Trump’s second Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh.

Donnelly sold his stock in Stewart Superior Corp after the initial AP story caused enough headaches for Donnelly that the National Republican Senatorial Committee labeled him, “Mexico Joe.”

Now the Donnelly campaign is trying to hide the fact that he profited for years from Mexican and Chinese labor by saying he no longer has a stake in the company. The truth is, he profited from these practices for decades, but only recently did that become inconvenient for the senator.

The Washington Examiner noted a 2004 speech in which Donnelly called outsourcing just “a fancy term for ‘someone in Indiana has just lost their job.’”

It will be tough for Indiana voters to forget that Donnelly’s family business took part in that very practice.

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Author: Jeff Bechdel

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