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The first meeting between Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock and the Club for Growth was a disaster — so it wasn’t necessarily a given that the organization would end up investing $1.7 million and playing such a pivotal role in the conservative challenger’s GOP primary victory over six-term Sen. Dick Lugar.
When Mourdock first interviewed with the conservative activist group in their downtown Washington, D.C., office, he grew testy and even raised his voice at club officials when they peppered him with their standard questions about monetary policy. The interview went so poorly that Mourdock figured he’d never see a dime from the fundraising powerhouse.
“I told my campaign staff all the way along, don’t count on the Club for Growth,” Mourdock said in an interview. “We have to assume the won’t endorse us because that first meeting did go so badly.”