- Posted May 10, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Same-sex marriage: Civil right vs. states' rights
Cornfield Democratic Senate Candidate Not Onboard with Prez
Being a Democrat doesn't necessarily mean you agree with President Barack Obama on every subject or issue. That is especially true if you are a Blue Dog Democrat in Indiana trying to replace the defeated senior Senator Dick Lugar this fall.
Congressman Joe Donnelly is facing off against the Republican nominee State Treasure Richard Mourdock to fill Lugar's seat after Tuesday's upset that forced Lugar into retirement. Donnelly, who enjoys support from such conservative organizations as the NRA and is fiscally conservative and moderate on social issues, made it clear today that even though the President supports same-gender marriage, he does not.
Indiana, a conservative state with a strong Evangelical and Tea Party presence, is known for it's conservative Blue Dog Democrats and moderate Democratic governors in the past. That includes the former Senator and Governor Evan Bayh, once considered a future Democratic presidential candidate.
Donnelly told the Indianapolis Star today when noting he was not in favor of same-gender marriage, he is "singularly focused on job creation". Donnelly said he was not allowing the issue to distract him from his work in Congress or his Senate campaign.
“Every day I wake up in the morning and say how can we put another family to work in Anderson. That's what I think is important,” Donnelly said, referring to one of the cities in Indiana.
From the Cornfield, this is what is great about our nation. We can each have our own beliefs and opinions. We don't have to be tied to one party or the other's ideology. We are free to think and believe for ourselves.