Baron Hill's latest campaign ad suggests that Todd Young is exaggerating his resume and is out of touch with Southern Indiana voters.
Calling Young a "wealthy lawyer from Carmel," the commercial amplifies a recent column by the Courier-Journal's Lesley-Stedman Weidenbener that questioned the accuracy of Young's claim in campaign materials that he is a part-time deputy prosecutor in Orange County.
Young has stood by the claim, explaining that he is one of only a handful of attorneys in Indiana who are sworn to prosecute cases in Orange County, albeit infrequently in his case. Stedman-Weidenbener explains that Young's wife is a part-time deputy prosecutor in Orange County but that Todd Young has filled in for her during two prior maternity leaves, hence his claim to also be a "part-time deputy prosecutor.
When I spoke to Young about it last week, and asked if he acknowledged that the claim may have overstated his position, he was instead steadfast in his claim, adding that he had not been paid for some of his service as deputy prosecutor and that Baron Hill might not be familiar with public service that he's not paid for.
Oddly enough, though the Hill campaign might have an argument - as Stedman-Weidenbener points out - that Young's service has been more of a "fill-in" prosecutor rather than a "part-time" prosecutor, the attack ad incorrectly implies that Young has claimed to be a full-time deputy prosecutor.
Meanwhile the ad also claims that Young "recently called Southern Indiana - quote - the middle of nowhere."
Young's campaign was unfamiliar with the quote but said that Hill must have taken Young out of context, "again."
The Hill campaign provided a link to this YouTube video of Young speaking at IU-Southeast, in which the context of the quote is that Hill is avoiding questions about his voting record.
"These are the questions I hear people asking," Young says on the clip, "Baron Hill has tendered no answers whatsoever. He's cloistered somewhere in Washington or walking in the middle of nowhere avoiding hard questions."
Hill recently completed a series of walks through all 20 counties (and 45 towns) in the Ninth Congressional District.
Here is video of Young's Q and A session at IU-Southeast: