Mullen’s First Ad Highlights Hoosier Values, Military Background and Small Business ExperienceBy Anthony Panzica on Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
SOUTH BEND –Brendan Mullen’s race for the Second District congressional seat stepped into an exciting next phase this morning by releasing the campaign’s first television spot that highlights Mullen’s biography as a South Bend native, Iraq veteran, small businessman and father.
The ad features Mullen jogging past iconic South Bend locations, following a route that he took many times as a football and soccer player at John Adams High School. Among the locations are the East Race, where Mullen and his family and friends spent much of their summers growing up; the River Walk, where he and his high school teammates trained; downtown South Bend; the Studebaker Corridor near his father’s old lumber yard where Brendan worked as a teenager, an area that both reminds us of our vibrant past and holds the promise for our economic future.
Mullen talks about growing up in South Bend and being raised with strong Hoosier values, namely the respect for life, for family, and the right to bear arms. He highlights his time in the military leading troops in Iraq, and then coming home to start a business that emphasized hiring veterans. Mullen is committed to working with both Democrats and Republicans to solve issues that currently plague our dysfunctional congress. An op-ed echoing these central themes of Mullen’s campaign ran this weekend in the South Bend Tribune.
Andy Reynolds, Mullen campaign manager, commented, “Our ad tells Brendan’s story, from his deep roots in South Bend to his service in combat overseas to his small business experience. He has lived the Hoosier values that Indiana voters share. That’s why he’ll be a powerful and common-sense voice for our community, our economy and our families.”
Mullen running in the ad reflects the hard work he has put into his race for Congress over the past year, including 10 county fairs, 27 of visits to veterans’ groups, parades in every county of the district, and dozens events for seniors and community festivals. The ad closes with Mullen and his family. He and his wife, Suzanne welcomed their second daughter into the world this week and are proud to be raising their family in South Bend.