Monday, February 04, 2008
Will Lt. Col. Ray Mejia Be Disciplined?
Sen. Mike Delph (R-Carmel) conducted a press conference in the State House today with a high-ranking, Hispanic Army reserve officer to announce his support for Delph's legislation to crack down on employers in Indiana who hire undocumented workers. "The rule of law is what this country is based upon, and I believe in that," the Star quotes the 54-year-old Mejia as saying. According to the Star, he works with the 310th Expeditionary Support Command as chief of the Distribution Management Center division. Mejia said Delph did not seek him out for his endorsement."I actually came to him," [Mejia] said. "I said, 'I believe in what you are doing.'"
Lt. Col. Mejia is certainly entitled to speak out about his opinion on Delph's legislation; however, military code, as has been explained to me, requires that a member of the military only advocate for political causes while not in uniform. As you can see from this photo from the Star, Mejia is in full uniform when he spoke out in support of Delph's legislation. Last year, Michael Isenhower, an Indiana National Guard member, was quickly demoted from specialist to private first class after he spoke out against SJR-7, the gay marriage amendment, at a Senate hearing while dressed in uniform. Will that same military code which got Isenhower in trouble be used to punish Mejia?