Like my previous post of endorsement, this is not a paid endorsement. I have never been paid anything, for working for any candidate. So it is imperative to know and understand that I am not about to start now.
I cannot speak enough about how Mrs. Sunsett and I enjoyed the "meet and greet" portion of the Indy Tea Party's forum on Saturday, where we got to talk with several candidates who are running in some important races in my area. We said we wanted to get involved in something worthwhile, and we thought helping to get this country turned back around was well worth the time.
One race I have concerned myself with, is choosing a successor to the retiring Representative Steve Buyer (IN-4). Like the Indiana Senate race, it's not been an easy call to make.
One of the applicants for the job is Mike Young. He's been around a awhile in one side of the Indiana State Assembly, or another. He started out in the House side, but now serves in the Senate. We chatted for a few moments and he genuinely seemed like a nice guy wanting to take on the next level of challenges.
Another candidate we were pleased to meet was a young man by the name of Eric Wathen. He currently serves at the county level as a County Commissioner. Much to his credit... he didn't seem much like a typical politician. I got the sense that he was an earnest guy but not quite ready for the national scene yet. But beyond that, he does have much potential for future races and should not be counted out of a higher level of service.... someday.
I didn't get to meet State Sen. Brandt Hershman and to be quite honest about it, I am a little glad that I didn't. He felt the need to go negative against the front runner, Secretary of State Todd Rokita.
And it hasn't set well with me.
I say front runner because Mr. Rokita is the man with the most name recognition in the race, and that may very well be a sore spot with Mr. Hershman. Whatever the case, I thought it was uncalled for.... especially when he offered nothing to back it up.
You see, Mr. Hershman is the endorsed successor of the current Congressman. Maybe, there was a sense of entitlement on Brandt's part and this was his way of lashing out.
Even at that, this author does not make choices based on the biggest name or who is next in line. Never have, never will. If that were the case, I'd support Dan Coats for Senator.
Let me say that the biggest reason I am endorsing Rokita is, he was very instrumental in getting a Voter ID Law in Indiana, to include winning not one but two Supreme Court challenges to its constitutionality.
This isn't the only reason.
I do believe I am comfortable in saying that this is the kind of person I want representing me, for the next two years in Washington. This is the guy I will be voting for next week. And if you live in the 4th District, I hope you will give him a good close look too.