Democratic candidate says Statehouse lacks ethics

Indiana Statehouse (WLFI File Photo)
Indiana Statehouse (WLFI File Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Democratic candidate for Indiana auditor says he would work to crack down on public corruption if elected in November.

Mike Claytor said Tuesday that ethics “have left the building,” motioning toward the Indiana Statehouse. He cited a series of high-profile ethics troubles which have exposed loopholes in the state’s laws.

Republican former state schools Superintendent Tony Bennett was fined $5,000 for campaigning with state resources in July, GOP House Speaker Pro Tem Eric Turner was cleared of technical wrongdoing by a House ethics panel and a former state highway official was determined to toe the line with land deals involving his family.

In each case, ethics watchdogs have faulted Indiana’s law as being insufficient.

Claytor is running against Republican Auditor Suzanne Crouch. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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