I was going to write a thorough analysis of the Republican caucus to choose a successor to former State Senator Teresa Lubbers. I intended to bring up occasional contributor Chris Douglas's campaign for the seat (he dropped out early on the day of the caucus) and homophobic conservative Scott Schneider's win. Instead, I've watched with amusement as Republican blogs have battled WISH-TV political reporter Jim Shella about whether Schneider's elevation to the state senate is "a victory for 'the right wing'." *
Schneider is incredibly homophobic and very far right on most issues. He's a textbook example of a right-winger. When I was leading the battle for an inclusive human rights ordinance in Indianapolis, Schneider was my City-County Councilor. It really made me laugh to read:
Schneider told committepersons he was the one candidate who they could count on to return their calls and represent their interests of [sic] above special interests.
Because when I'd call him or ask for his time to speak about the HRO, he never would return my calls. When I cornered him outside of a council meeting that winter, he snarled at me, "I have nothing to say to the likes of you."
I guess my interests didn't matter as much special interest groups like the Indiana Family Institute. Something to think about.
*For those not following along, Shella actually said, "He joins a growing list of right wingers to replace moderate Republicans in the state Senate in recent years." Advance Indiana and Hoosier Access took umbrage and countered that Schneider wasn't elected because he's socially conservative, he was elected because he wasn't backed by the establishment. While possible, it still doesn't change that what Shella said is correct.