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June 12, 2014

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Comments merit strong response

In the last three weeks, both major political parties in Indiana gathered to nominate their statewide candidates.

At the Democratic Convention, our party nominated three qualified candidates, and unanimously passed a platform that included provisions aimed at growing our economy and is inclusive of every Hoosier.

At the Republican Convention, drama dominated. The party split on a socially divisive platform and chose among three controversial state Treasurer candidates.

But what is baffling to me is the lack of outrage from our state’s elected leaders about remarks made then and in recent days. State Treasurer Richard Mourdock likening America to Nazi Germany is offensive and ugly. What’s more, it received a standing ovation.

Last Wednesday, a story broke about how a Republican candidate from the 10th Indiana House District believes no one has the guts to let poor people just “wither and die.” What do we hear from Gov. Mike Pence and Speaker Brian Bosma? Nothing.

Why don’t they have the guts to stand up to people like this, whose rhetoric erodes trust in government and makes people hate politics? There are too many challenges facing Indiana to let these sentiments infiltrate our Statehouse any longer.

Gov. Pence and Speaker Bosma may not have the guts to stand up, but Democrats do. We’re proving it by standing up for every Hoosier and understanding that without looking out for everyone, we end up helping no one.

Again, I call on Gov. Pence to condemn those in his party who continue to embarrass our state. Anything less than a strong response is an endorsement of these statements, and is a slap in the face to our Hoosier values.

We can do better than this, because this brand of leadership isn’t leadership at all.

— John Zody, chairman

Indiana Democratic Party

Indianapolis

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