Indiana Senator Joe Donnely is fighting a tough re-election battle, and he didn’t help himself at a debate recently, making racially charged comments about his staffers.
Donnely is running against Republican Mike Braun.
According to Fox News:
“Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly – one of the most vulnerable Democrats heading into next week’s midterm elections – is taking heat after awkwardly responding to a question during Tuesday night’s Senate debate with Republican Mike Braun by saying several of his staffers are great at their jobs even though they are minorities.
“Our state director is Indian American, but he does an amazing job,” Donnelly said during the debate. “Our director of all constituent services — she’s African American, but she does an even more incredible job than you could ever imagine.”
Donnelly was immediately called out by Republicans for using the word “but” in describing the minority staffer’s talents.
“Holy cats. Watch this clip. I can’t believe how terrible this is,” said Josh Holmes, a Republican operative and former chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.”