Mr. Lugar, known for a keen Foreign Policy mind and a willingness to work with those from the other Party, got a few things off of his chest in his late night email statement that was sent out.
Its an impressive statement, if for nothing but its honesty, clarity and frankness. This is the second mostly moderate Senator Indiana has said goodbye to in recent years. Sen. Evan Bayh, after just two terms decided he'd had enough and walked away. Its not a good time to be a moderate, it seems. The themes of Lugar's goodbye letter are clear. Lugar warns his successor against counter-productive partisanship, which Mourdock has pledged he will engage in from the moment he's sworn into office, should he win the general in November. Lugar talks about the state of the Republican party, politics in general and how both parties need to work together, as they did during the Reagan era.
Read Senator Lugar's full statement: