Messer Calls on Donnelly to Denounce Democrats’ Bigoted Anti-Catholic Remarks By Returning Anti-Catholic Campaign Cash
September 12, 2017
Senators Feinstein and Durbin attacked a judicial nominee from Notre Dame Law School for her Catholic beliefs
Today Luke Messer called on Senator Joe Donnelly to denounce Senators Diane Feinstein and Dick Durbin for their anti-Catholic and anti-religious remarks last week, and to return campaign contributions from political committees run by the two liberal Senators. Luke’s statement comes following a Senate Judiciary confirmation hearing last week where Amy Coney Barrett, a Notre Dame law professor and nominee for the powerful Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, was ridiculed for her religious beliefs by Democrat Senators Diane Feinstein and Dick Durbin.
The grilling by two leading Senate Democrats has been called “religious bigotry, pure and simple“by columnist Kirsten Powers. Notre Dame President John Jenkins sent an open letter to Feinstein saying “It is chilling to hear from a United States Senator that this might now disqualify someone from service as a federal judge.”
Both Feinstein and Durbin have been major contributors to Donnelly’s campaigns and were unapologetic after they earned wide criticism. Durbin’s explanation of his questioning to National Review made clear he was coming close to imposing a religious test. “I prefaced my remarks by saying that going into a person’s religion is not the right thing to do in every circumstance. But she’s been outspoken,” Durbin is quoted as saying.
Messer says Donnelly cannot have it both ways and should give back the money he has taken from the anti-Catholic liberals.
“Today, I am calling on Senator Donnelly to return the campaign contributions from Senator Feinstein and Senator Durbin, and pledge to not take any more money or attend any fundraisers with Feinstein and Durbin until they both apologize,” said Luke Messer. “Bigotry targeted at someone’s religion is beyond the pale.”