Indiana Democratic Chair Chides Republicans For Shutdown

State Democratic Party Chair John Zody says Indiana's congressional delegation needs to stop pointing fingers and stop the government shutdown.

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Zody blames some Indiana Republican Congressmen for the government shutdown.

Indiana’s Democratic Party Chair says politicians in Washington need to stop pointing fingers and end the federal government shutdown, but he also says some Indiana Republican Congressmen are to blame for the ongoing stalemate.

State Democratic Party Chair John Zody’s comments came after Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, remarked that House Republicans are not going to be disrespected in ongoing budget talks and that they have to, in his words, “get something out of this.”

Stutzman released a statement Thursday saying he misrepresented the budget debate and that, despite his comments, it is clear people want both parties to work to reopen the government and “stop Obamacare’s pain.”

Zody says Hoosiers want the blame game to end.

“We shouldn’t be engaged in the business of finger-pointing in Washington,” he says. “We should be interested in getting the work of the federal government done and unfortunately some members of our congressional delegation have voted otherwise.”

Indiana Republican Party Chair Tim Berry says he is not worried the shutdown will create consequences at the ballot box.

“I think good government and good public policy positions ultimately are what lead to ballot box decisions and certainly giving voters what they’re asking for and that is out of the constraints of Obamacare,” Berry says.

Zody says using constituents’ interests to validate the shutdown of the federal government is not the right thing to do.

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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