The Washington Times - August 2, 2012, 04:58PM

A tracker assigned to keep tabs on Rep. Joe Donnelly, Indiana Democrat, apparently needs to brush up on what the U.S. Senate candidate looks like.

Kurt Holland, 49, mistakenly followed Marion County Judge Jose Salinas after a Democratic picnic Mr. Salinas was attending Saturday, the Indianapolis Star reported.


Instead of driving home, Mr. Salinas, a criminal court judge, drove to a parking lot where he was able to get the car’s plates. Police traced the car to Mr. Holland.

“Mr. Holland admitted to photographing the (Democratic) event and chasing after Judge Salinas, but says he thought he was following Joe Donnelly,” according to a police report.

Mr. Holland told the Star he thought it was a set-up, and questioned whether it was, in fact, Mr. Salinas in the car and not Mr. Donnelly. But he’s now put tracking behind him and said he’s going to return to being a special education teacher.

“Frankly,” he said, “I find (tracking) undignified.”

The practice of “tracking” candidates in politics is now commonplace, with every campaign hoping their opponent gets caught in a Youtube-worthy slip-up.

Mr. Donnelly is running against Republican state treasurer Richard Mourdock, a Tea Party-backed candidate who defeated longtime Sen. Richard “Dick” Lugar in the May Republican primary.