Friday, June 08, 2012
Bopp Ousted As Indiana's National GOP Committeeman
The Indiana Republican State Central Committee today voted to oust GOP National Committeeman Jim Bopp in favor of Ice Miller attorney/lobbyist John Hammond. IndyPolitics reports that the vote was 16-6 in favor of Hammond. Bopp has been a favorite in national GOP conservative circles because of his successes as a nationally-renowned elections/campaign finance lawyer for conservative causes. Hammond is viewed as a non-ideological, moderate Republican compared to Bopp's strong ideological leanings. Bopp irked state central committee members partial to Sen. Richard Lugar when he backed Richard Mourdock in his successful primary race against Lugar. Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman has also been chosen to replace Dee Dee Benkie as the state party's National Committeewoman. Benkie frequently appears as a Fox News contributor on Sean Hannity's show.