Democrat Joe Micon said his opponent in the race for House District 26 is sending out negative campaign mail. Micon held a news conference to dispute an ad sent out by his Republican challenger Connie Basham.
"It is a hard hitting ad, but it does present the facts. I don't believe it's negative at all," said Basham.
"Through highly inflammatory language the ad falsifies my position on the issue of same sex marriage," Micon said.
The mailer states that Micon supports homosexual marriage, but Micon said he does not. The mailer refers to a resolution Micon voted against. Micon said the resolution aims to change the state constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman. Micon said there is no reason to change the state constitution because state statute already defines marriage between a man and a woman.
Basham said the voters of Indiana should decide in a referendum the definition of marriage. The ad is paid for by the Indiana Republican Party and authorized by the committee to elect Connie Basham.
As Rex Early likes to say, "that dog won't hunt." While Republicans have had some success using gay marriage as a wedge issue in past elections, the public is clearly beginning to get turned off the more informed they become on this issue. When there are far more pressing issues voters are concerned about, most people see this effort for what it is--a cheap diversionary tactic to change the subject away from the real issues voters care about. State GOP Chairman Murray Clark is making a big mistake picking up this mantra of bigotry from Brian Bosma in a desparate attempt to maintain control of the House.