|Senator Joe Donnelly|
When he got to the 7th District caucus room, he was not greeted with golf claps. Senator Donnelly got a standing ovation from the room. It's a clear indication of the job he's doing as U.S. Senator from Indiana.
Donnelly spoke of the things he's working on in Washington. He talked briefly about his current bill that is moving through Congress to help curb military suicides. On the House side, Congressman Andre Carson got a bill through Congress addressing mental health of our fighting men and women, so it's good to see the Indiana delegation taking on the cause.
Besides the mental health issues of our soldiers, Donnelly has also taken an interest in curbing violence in our cities holding two meetings last week in Indianapolis.
Most of all, Donnelly was there to thank the delegates for the work that got him into the Senate. He talked about the strong work of his supporters at the grass roots and how their support (with a little help from Richard Mourdock) pushed him over the top.
Yes, Donnelly has evolved on many issues and has moved even to the left on some. He's now a strong supporter of marriage equality, and he confirmed that with his convention speech. Republicans will attack him for his support of the President's Affordable Care Act, but he's taken steps to support the repeal the parts of the bill that hurt those Hoosier companies that make medical equipment.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that even though I don't agree with Senator Donnelly still on every issue, I've become a much more ardent supporter of him. I would have to think he enjoys high approval ratings in the state, and his prospects for reelection over anyone the Republicans might throw at him in 2018 seem pretty solid right now.
Bottom line...Joe Donnelly has been a pleasant surprise as Senator Joe Donnelly, and I hope he keeps up the good work.