Editor, Times-Union:

In the Constitution of the state of Indiana, it says to run for State House of Representative or Senator, you have to be a citizen of the United States, lived in the state of Indiana for two years (one of those years must be before the election), an inhabitant of the district in which they are elected from, and you must be 21 to be a member of the Indiana House, or 25 to be a member of the Indiana Senate.  

However, the Indy Establishment thinks that protecting their power is more important than upholding the Constitution. If you voted in one primary but not in another, a county chairman could consider you ineligible to run for office, even if you meet the Constitutional qualifications.

And this happened to a veteran who wanted to run for Congress. A county chair denied his candidacy because he did not vote in two primary elections. The second time he could have voted, he was on deployment and through no fault of his own, did not receive a primary ballot. A Republican County chair told a veteran that he could not run for a seat in Congress because he did not meet these illegal qualifications. This one person was not the first, as county chairs around the state kicked off several people from the ballot, including one who did not have another Republican in the race, thus conceding it to a Democrat.   

Curt Nisly tried to fight this unconstitutional mandate and tried to amend SB 328 to remove this illegal requirement. With this “two-election” rule, county chairs held all the power and could remove anyone they wanted because they didn’t meet this unconstitutional requirement. A county chair told a veteran, one who took an oath to uphold the Constitution, that he could not run for office. And what did the Indy Establishment do? They turned their backs on the Constitution and voted against Curt Nisly and his amendment.

Why is the Indy Establishment afraid of the people they are supposed to represent? Is it because the people know that the Indy Establishment does not look out for their best interests? Are they afraid that they might have to actually defend their voting record to their constituents? Take a look at the roll call vote here at http://iga.in.gov/documents/3493b88e and see who voted “No” on this amendment. These people turned their backs on the Constitution of the State of Indiana.  

I thank Curt Nisly for his stand to protect the Constitution and take his oath seriously.

Gary Eppenbaugh

Warsaw, via email