INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita is attacking a Republican Senate primary rival over a gas tax hike the former state lawmaker voted for this year.
There’s just one problem: Rokita previously voiced support for the same kind of tax increase.
That hasn’t stopped Rokita’s campaign from calling former state Rep. Mike Braun “Tax Hike Mike.”
Braun supported a Republican plan this year that hiked fees and raised gas taxes by a dime-a-gallon to pay for infrastructure improvements.
Rokita has seized on that vote. But he previously voiced support for a gas tax increase during a 2015 interview with an Indianapolis radio show host. Rokita encouraged state lawmakers to consider the hike during the interview.
The primary race is a bitter one driven largely by attacks launched by Rokita.