GOP Rep. Jackie Walorski Tries A Rare Tactic: Touting Her Bipartisan Record

A Republican congresswoman is seeking to capitalize on a rarely promoted quality: that she has worked with Democrats while serving in the House of Representatives.

Rep. Jackie Walorski (Ind.), who is running for a second term, has local Hoosiers give testimonials about her bipartisan record in her campaign's first television spot.

“She stood up to her own party and supported the Violence Against Women Act,” Carrie Zickefoose, a victims' advocate, says in the ad, referring to Republican opposition in the House to the Senate bill's expanded protections for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, Native Americans and undocumented immigrants.

"She promised to work across party lines to get things done," a local voter explains, while another chimes in, saying, "Jackie worked with Democrats to get us cheaper propane."

The ad doesn't explicitly mention that Walorski is a Republican.

Walorski's campaign may have made the calculation that the 2nd District's voters appreciate a certain amount of political moderation: Though former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried the district by 14 points in 2012, President Barack Obama beat out Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) there in 2008.

National Democrats have Walorski's district on their radar with Notre Dame instructor Joe Bock, the Democratic nominee.



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