Monday, November 10, 2014

Pelath Sees Strong Role for Dems in House

Regarding last week's election losses, House Minority Leader Scott Pelath opts for understatement: "Not every election goes as we would like." However, Pelath is upbeat about the role Democrats can play as the minority in the legislature. He says that Democrats have been able to exploit divisions among Republicans to defeat the most conservative proposals. He notes that had it not been for Democratic resistance, Indiana voters would have been voting on a constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage. Pelath likes how the party is positioned: "We feel very good about the course we have set for the Indiana Democratic party. You know, 2016 is going to be a very, very different election." In the broader universe of voters that come out in a presidential election year, "we’re well positioned to appeal to the center of this state for a new direction," says Pelath. You can read more of Scott Pelath's post-election thoughts here.