Conservative Senate Candidate to Democratic Leaders: ‘I Hope I’m a Migraine’

By Matt Cover | May 11, 2012 | 3:00 PM EDT

Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock speaks to supporters in Indianapolis, Tuesday, May 8, 2012, after he defeated incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., in the primary. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

( – Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, who beat Indiana’s GOP Sen. Richard Lugar in Tuesday's primary, responded to attacks leveled against him by Senate Democratic leaders on Thursday, saying, “I hope I’m a migraine” to them, and added that he would push for a balanced budget if elected.

Mourdock, responding to attacks from Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), said that if Senate Democrats thought he would be a headache, he hoped he would prove to be a migraine.

“I’ll wear that as a bit of a badge of honor,” Mourdock said on a conference call on Thursday. “If I’m going to be a headache for standing up for conservatism, I hope I’m a migraine.”

Reid, Durbin, and Schumer attacked Mourdock at a Capitol Hill press conference on Thursday, holding him up as an example of GOP obstructionism and Tea Party extremism.

“This is really difficult and, especially if you think for a minute, somebody won in a primary election in Indiana yesterday. He [Mourdock] said that there was too much compromise here [in Congress] and he wants to come and show everybody in Indiana that he will not compromise on anything,” Reid said, complaining about Republicans’ reluctance to pass the Export-Import Bank renewal, which nonetheless did pass in the House.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Durbin called Mourdock a “Hoosier headache,” saying that the Tea Party-backed Republican would make the Senate more dysfunctional.

“Now, the Senate Republican caucus has a Hoosier headache [and] they’ve got to decide what they’re going to do now,” Durbin said, after praising Mourdock’s primary opponent, incumbent Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) and attacking the “Grover Norquist mentality” of opposing tax increases.

Schumer labeled Mourdock a “Tea Party standard-bearer,” saying he would bring “chaos” to Washington, D.C. and holding him out as an example of the “dysfunction” he claimed Republicans were causing.

“What’s going on – what may be going on – shows the dysfunction of the Senate Republicans and what they’ve sown in this chamber,” he said. “And their current crop of candidates – led by the Tea Party standard-bearer in Indiana – are promising to bring even more chaos to Washington.”

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) (AP Photo)

Mourdock, responding to Schumer’s accusation, said that Washington could do with a little more chaos if it meant getting things like a balanced budget passed.

“I would bring chaos in demanding a balanced budget,” Mourdock responded. “Such chaos should be applied liberally.”

Mourdock defeated long-time incumbent Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) in a primary on Tuesday. Mourdock noted that his candidacy had the support of Indiana Republicans and conservatives who were upset that Lugar no longer lived in the state and had strayed from its conservative roots.