|INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody issued the following statement after the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity convened for its second meeting.
“Today, members of Vice President Mike Pence’s commission once again industriously hunted for reasons to justify making it more difficult for Americans to vote. Like Secretary Lawson’s “no correlation” between early voting and turnout comment weeks before, the Commission twisted itself into knots to justify naked attempts to reduce turnout and tilt elections in favor of Republicans. Commission Vice-Chair Kris Kobach had his previous claim that thousands of New Hampshire voters committed voter fraud repeatedly swatted down by the New Hampshire Secretary of State himself. If the Commission was serious about election integrity, perhaps their Vice-Chair should be more careful in claiming fraud. From gerrymandering to selectively limiting early voting, Indiana Statehouse Republicans have spent years rigging the system to win elections. Consider, instead, if the Commission’s time, energy and taxpayer-resources were spent strengthening Hoosiers and Americans’ Constitutionally-protected right to vote.”
INDIANAPOLIS – State Senator Eddie Melton (D-Merrillville) was appointed to the Indiana Democratic Party State Central Committee on Saturday. Senator Melton will serve as a Deputy Chair, filling a vacancy on the Committee, and is looking forward to engaging new volunteers and welcoming more Hoosiers into the Party.
“I’m excited to roll up my sleeves and get to work,” said Melton. “Across our state, in small towns and big cities, Indiana Democrats are showing how our Party leads. Mayors, councilors, commissioners, state lawmakers and our members of Congress are all focused on building stronger communities with good-paying jobs, good schools and a strong sense of place. I’m ready to carry that message to every corner of our state.”
As Deputy Chair, Melton will work with local-level and grassroots organizations to recruit new volunteers and candidates and help Hoosier Democrats broadcast our message of fighting for fairness, working families and the future. Indiana Democratic Party John Zody was excited for Melton to join the Central Committee.
“There’s no question Senator Melton is a rising star in our Party and someone who has proven to be an effective communicator in just one session at the Statehouse,” said Zody. “As a Deputy Chair, I have no doubt Eddie will help build new bridges into our Party.”
The Indiana Democratic Party State Central Committee is made up of 44 elected and appointed members who guide Indiana Democratic Party decision-making. State Senator Eddie Melton was elected to the Indiana General Assembly in 2016 and is the Ranking Minority Member on the Senate Committee on Education and Career Development.
INDIANAPOLIS – In a sign of how startling the exploding feud this week between Congressman Messer and Congressman Rokita has become, Indiana’s conservative media can’t help but speak up and ask the GOP’s two front-runners to slow down and stop the personal attacks, or at least finally declare for the race.
The fighting between the two men in interviews and emails has steadily escalated this week, culminating in competing online blasts to supporters. The bombardment has caught the attention of many Hoosiers surprised that the level of vitriol is so high this early, when there are still 10 months to go before the primary and neither candidate has formally declared.
Conservative commentators across the state have begun to become concerned about how the primary will play out if the attacks keep up at this rate. Notably, the editorial page of the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel has weighed in, warning readers of the paper yesterday that the candidates are “too busy beating each other up” to focus on the seat itself. “Hoosier voters deserve a lively… campaign over substantive issues,” the editorial continued, “not personalities and personal issues.”
The editorial is just the latest opinion from the right on the matter. After Congressman Rokita spent much of the weekend comparing the two GOP candidates’ fundraising numbers, WIBC’s Rob Kendall indirectly criticized him, writing on Twitter that “If you’re talking about how much money you’ve raised & [are] comparing yourself to a future primary opponent, [you] should stop the charade and declare.”
By far the most dire warning to Republicans, however, has come from Indy Politics. While Abdul-Hakim Shabazz has had compliments for Joe Donnellythis year, he made clear that the fight between Congressmen Messer and Rokita may be the two candidates’ worst case scenario, giving Joe an easier road and all but inviting additional entries into the race:
Here are a few things to keep in mind going forward.
- The primary is 10 months away.
- Both Messer and Rokita are virtually tied in fundraising.
- Joe Donnelly has nearly as much in the bank as the two combined and no primary opponent.
- If a third major candidate was thinking about getting in the race, this just might do it.
“Indiana’s conservatives are right to be startled: with 10 months until the primary, the anger between Congressmen Messer and Rokita isn’t going to die down,” said Will Baskin-Gerwitz, Senior Media Strategist for the Indiana Democratic Party. “While the Republican front-runners’ aggressive, personal attacks may be a sign for additional divisive candidates to enter the race, the coming primary is sure to leave the eventual winner crippled next year.”
Thank you, Congressman Carson and Congressman Visclosky for voting against the GOP’s divisive health care bill. Real Hoosier families will be impacted. As many as 400,000 Hoosiers could lose their coverage. Thank you, for doing the right thing and voting no!
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