Secretary of state’s race as referendum on Indiana’s new abortion ban? Destiny Wells leans in
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SECRETARY OF STATE’S RACE AS ABORTION BAN REFERENDUM? DESTINY WELLS LEANS IN
Deep in a piece the day after both chambers of the Indiana General Assembly approved Senate Bill 1’s near-total ban on abortion, and Gov. Eric Holcomb signed it into law, Indianapolis Star columnist James Briggs pivoted to where that left voters heading toward the November elections.
Briggs picked up on Destiny Wells’ frustration over Indiana’s new abortion restrictions, the Democratic candidate for secretary of state calling it “yet another reflection on gerrymandering’s intended consequence – eroding the duty of elected officials to listen to voters.” Wells’ upshot: She’d “restore accountability to our election system” as secretary of state.
Briggs – already resigned earlier in his “four takeaways” column to the fact that Democrats had little hope or chance to take back the Indiana House or Senate (or even chiseling away much, if at all, the Republican supermajority in both chambers) – asked what Democrats, “or even a Republican who supports abortion rights,” could do from here.
He piggybacked off Wells’ posts, putting the SB1 fallout squarely onto her campaign against Diego Morales, who won the Republican nomination over a field that included current Secretary of State Holli Sullivan. Briggs wrote:
“This is a reach, yet a smart one. The secretary of state has virtually nothing to do with abortion. But, on the other hand, Wells is a good candidate facing an unusually weak Republican candidate, Diego Morales, who is reportedly polling poorly and campaigning with a Toyota RAV4 worth of baggage.
“At a time when Democrats have few outlets for their pent-up energy, they could turn the secretary of state race into the referendum on abortion that Republican lawmakers refused to permit. The connection is forced, sure, but it might be the best opportunity voters have to show Republicans what they think about the new abortion law.”
So, how’s the expectation working, making the secretary of state’s race some sort of referendum on Indiana’s abortion ban?