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Messer Denies Failing To Disclose Two DUI Arrests From Republican Leaders, Voters

The Indy Star says Messer failed to disclose in 2003 that he had been arrested twice for DUI before being chosen by Republican leaders to replace State Rep. Roland Stine, who had been killed by a drunk driver.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Congressman Luke Messer (R-IN), who is one of the Republican primary candidates for U.S. Senate, has denied a report from the Indianapolis Star that says he kept two drunk driving arrests from state Republican leaders while he was being considered to replace a state representative who was killed by a drunk driver.

State Rep. Roland Stine died in 2003 while driving home to Shelbyville after working at the Statehouse. Stine was hit by a drunk driver and killed. However, the Indy Star says Messer failed to disclose before replacing Stine that he had been arrested twice for DUI when he was 21 and 26.

In a phone interview with 93 WIBC's Tony Katz, Congressman Messer denies that he kept his DUI arrests quiet.

"We're going to continue to be clear about what occurred. Again, I'm very sorry about what occurred 23 and 28 years ago," says Messer, who says that information of his arrests were made public in the Shelbyville News nearly a decade ago.

According to the Indy Star, Messer's first DUI was in 1990 when he was a 21-year-old student at Wabash College. He had to take to alcohol counseling to avoid jail time and his license was suspended for 30 days. Messer's second DUI was in 1995 in Marion County while he was working for a law firm.

"Other campaigns have tried to use this unsuccessfully in the past and I think this is going to be unsuccessful too," says Congressman Messer. "Clearly, the folks I'm running against would rather talk about my past than talk about our state's future."

Messer is facing former State Representative Mike Braun and Congressman Todd Rokita (R-IN) in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, May 8. The winner of the Republican primary will face Democrat incumbent Joe Donnelly for the Senate seat.


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