In 2009, Motsinger was the favorite to get the Republican nomination for Marion County Sheriff in 2010. He had raised a lot of money, and it was looking like a possible clash of the titans between John Layton and Motsinger. A lot changed quickly. When his campaign finance chair, Tim Durham, got himself into hot water with the feds, Motsinger returned the campaign cash he received from Durham and, with his campaign suddenly broke, immediately dropped out of the race for Sheriff.
At the time, Motsinger wrote, "In light of the recent investigations concerning the non-campaign related business affairs of my campaign finance chairman, I have made the decision that it is appropriate to return any and all financial contributions and loans that my campaign has received from him or his affiliated businesses."
Motsinger almost immediately did the right thing. That should say a lot about him as a person. Let me be clear. I am a Democrat, and I would wholeheartedly support Karlee Macer on May 8 if I lived in House 92. Motsinger, however, should be praised for giving back the tainted money right away.
Motsinger has his hands full with Rider. This is one of those rare Indiana House races where both Motsinger and Rider can boast high-level endorsements. Richard Scott is also in the race. I will be interested in watching how this race goes on Primary Election Day.
The Democratic side is also crowded with Macer battling Brian Cooper and TyJuan Garrett for the Democratic nomination. Macer has the endorsement of the Marion County Democratic Party, but Cooper and Garrett have yard signs and are running solid efforts.
Hinkle's retirement has made this one very interesting.