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Joe Donnelly quietly ‘scrubbed’ campaign website of claims about OSHA violations
By Philip Wegmann
When fact-checking an attack ad released by a GOP Super PAC backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., defended his family business from an attack they called false. But the attack was true, and Donnelly’s campaign was wrong. Now a Donnelly aide admits the campaign quietly “scrubbed” the online document.
The Senate Leadership Fund accused the Donnelly family business, Stewart Superior, of violating Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations. “Stewart Superior showed no safety violations in an OSHA establishment search dating back to 1973,” the Donnelly campaign responded last Wednesday.
And then that response disappeared. Six days later, the Donnelly campaign silently edited their own fact check because, according to OSHA, Stewart Superior actually has five “serious” workplace violations.
Asked about the edit, Donnelly spokesman, Will Baskin-Gerwitz, admitted the switch and took a shot at Republican Senate nominee, Mike Braun. “The facts are that Rep. Braun oversaw his company while it committed hundreds of workplace violations,” Baskin-Gerwitz said, “while Joe was years removed from his brother’s company during one bad OSHA inspection.”
That’s true on both counts. Donnelly hasn’t worked at Stewart Superior since 1997 and the violations came in 2002. Meanwhile Braun has been cited for 122 workplace and pay violations by federal agencies.