Speaker Bosma discloses half million dollar offer

File Photo - Indiana Senate (WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)
File Photo - Indiana Senate (WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent behind the scenes in the battle over the marriage amendment, known as HJR-3.  Now that’s it’s over, we’re learning that the stakes were even higher.

House Speaker Brian Bosma played a key role in the marriage debate, removing the marriage amendment from one committee and then sending it to another, to guarantee a floor vote.  He kept it alive.

Several weeks ago, Speaker Bosma said that he was offered unlimited campaign contributions if he would kill the bill and, at an availability in his office Thursday, he said other offers were made too.

“I’ve just discovered that there was an offer to another person that lives in my district of a half million dollars in campaign funding,” he said, “if that person was willing to run against me in the primary based on HJR-3.  So, this has been most unusual and completely out of line on this issue.”

A half million dollars is a lot of money, and it’s pretty much unheard of in a primary for the General Assembly.

The Speaker wouldn’t identify the person who was asked to oppose him.  He did says he was looking into the question of where the half million dollar offer came from. The filing deadline has passed and he doesn’t have a primary opponent.

Rick Sutton of Freedom Indiana, the organization that opposed the marriage amendment, said that his organization made no promises of campaign contributions.  He said it wouldn’t be appropriate.

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