DAGA Statement on Indiana Republican Convention

July 10, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, the Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA) released the following statement from DAGA Executive Director Sean Rankin on the Indiana Republican convention nominating Todd Rokita as the Republican nominee for Attorney General:

“Todd Rokita is a self-serving politician who was rejected not only by Indiana voters, but also his own party in his last attempt at statewide office. It is no surprise he’s unpopular: in Congress, Rokita voted dozens of times to take health care away from Hoosiers and end lifesaving protections for the 2.7 million Hoosiers with pre-existing conditions. Even the pandemic has not stopped Rokita from pushing this anti-health care platform. Rokita also earned a reputation for using millions of dollars in taxpayer funds to promote himself ahead of elections.”

“Hoosiers want an Attorney General who can restore integrity to the office and put Indiana families first. Todd Rokita is just another politician working for personal gain, not to serve. It’s why Indiana will reject Rokita for statewide office once again this November.”

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND ON THE INDIANA AG RACE

  • Earlier this month, Cook Political Report moved Indiana’s AG race from Lean Republican to Toss Up.
  • Todd Rokita voted dozens of times to repeal the Affordable Care Act while serving in Congress, which would eliminate coverage for 497,000 Hoosiers and put protections for 2.7 million Hoosiers with pre-existing conditions at risk.
  • In 2017, Politico uncovered an “agonizing” eight-page memo  on how to “properly” escort the then Congressmen Rokita around his district.
  • In 2018, the Associated Press found Rokita used taxpayer funds to boost his failed U.S. Senate bid.
  • Democratic AG nominee Jonathan Weinzapfel continues to consistently outraise Republicans.
  • Democratic AG nominee Jonathan Weinzapfel quickly united the Democratic party announcing key endorsements and naming former primary opponent State Sen. Karen Tallian as honorary chair of his campaign to become Indiana’s next Attorney General.
  • DAGA endorsed Jonathan Weinzapfel in a statement immediately after the Democratic nominating convention announced its results.
  • Already this cycle, DAGA texted more than 350,000 voters and the DAGA People’s Lawyer Project Indiana, an independent organization backed by the Democratic Attorneys General Association, already reserved more than $600,000 in TV airtime.