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Democrats Have ‘Realistic’ Expectations For General Election

Leaders of the Indiana Democratic Party say they are hoping to break the GOP's supermajority in both houses.

Bosma and Pelath

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House Speaker Brian Bosma (left) and House Minority Leader Scott Pelath explain their vision for the Indiana Career Council on Jan. 24, 2013.

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath says the Democratic party knows not to expect anything more than breaking the Republican supermajority.

“Realistic” is the word Indiana Democrats keep using when talking about November’s election.

Republicans hold six of eight statewide elected seats and control both houses of the General Assembly with supermajorities.

State Democratic Party chair John Zody says the message he’s getting out is that putting Dems back in the majority isn’t going to happen overnight.

“It’s going to be multiple election cycles and that’s where we know we are and people are talking about that and realistic and they’re focused – and that’s exactly where we need to be,” he says.

Minority Leader Scott Pelath echoes Zody, saying the effects of national politics and gerrymandering have put House Democrats in a hole that will take multiple elections to dig out of.

“We’re realistic about that. It’s hard work,” he says. “But when we’re done with the hard work, we hope to have built a sustainable new governing coalition for Indiana, one that you don’t luck into but one that’s going to set a real direction.”

Zody acknowledges that encouraging voter participation will be more challenging this year because of the lack of a major race on the ballot.

Secretary of State, Auditor and Treasurer are the only statewide positions up for election this fall.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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  • Bob Eckert

    Democrats are turning into apologists in Indiana and stooping to lick the shoes of all their Republican colleagues. It is disgusting. Democrats should be exposing all the hypocrisy, cronyism, bad decisions, hatefulness, bias, immoral behavior, ignorance of the needs of the citizens who aren’t part of the 1%, and on and on. The grassroots must expose all of this and tell truth to power at the top of their lungs.

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