FISHERS, Ind. —
"Mourdock's campaign began unraveling the night of the primary when they tried to distance themselves from the tea party," Fettig said. "We lost about half our movement that night and they refused to have anything to do with them."
Fettig said he also believed Mourdock's campaign was poorly managed and allowed Democrat Joe Donnelly to paint Mourdock as an extremist. But, despite Mourdock's loss, he said, the campaign still succeeded in getting rid of Lugar, who he said had become "a fixture of Washington, big government bureaucracy."