|Senator Scott Schneider-R|
Schneider was not elected by the voters, he was elected by a caucus of Republican insiders replacing Senator Teresa Lubbers. Lubbers moved on to become the Indiana Commissioner of Higher Education. In that caucus, Schneider took two ballots to knock off Ballard Administration Chief of Staff Ryan Vaughn and former State Rep. John Ruckelshaus.
When Schneider entered the Indiana Senate in July of 2009, the long session had ended. His first action in the Senate was in January of 2010. He cast a vote in favor of writing property tax caps into the Indiana Constitution. As it was the second time through the Indiana General Assembly for the property tax caps (having passed the House and Senate in 2008), the property tax caps went to the November ballot for approval, and they were approved by Indiana voters. Like it or not, it was Indiana's constitutional amendment process at work. Two separately-elected General Assemblies must approve it followed by the voters.
Thus, I think it's fair to say that Scott Schneider's actual work as a State Senator would amount to me walking up the fairway onto the green and sinking a two foot putt for par for somebody else. In short, it wasn't hard. He's pumping up his own record.
Fast forward to 2012. Mired in a tough fight against Delaney, Schneider is running ads saying that he worked with Governor Daniels to pass the caps. You'd think he was leading the fight. Further, he has some audio of Delaney saying that the Democrat would not have voted to support the property tax caps being written into the Constitution from a forum. He's using that audio to claim the following:
- That, if elected, Delaney will single-handedly rewrite Indiana's Constitution by removing the tax caps.
- That, if elected, Delaney will cause people to lose their homes or not be able to buy a home.
Here's a spot.
First of all, WHEN Tim Delaney is elected, he will be one of 50 Senators in the Indiana Senate. He will be a freshman member of the Senate and still likely in a minority situation. How on Earth is he going to take a red pen to the Constitution in that fashion? Besides, Delaney wouldn't do that. The premise of the ad is completely false. Delaney AGREES WITH the caps and would not remove them.
Tax Cap Supporter
Finally, even if Tim Delaney did all of those things, Indiana voters would still need to approve removing the property tax caps. That's probably not going to happen. Besides, Tim Delaney AGREES WITH THE CAPS AND WOULD NOT REMOVE THEM.
And, finally finally, TIM DELANEY IS RIGHT! No one should have voted for the property tax caps being permanently put into the Constitution. They don't belong there. This is something that should simply require legislation and not something as permanent as putting it into the Indiana Constitution. It's a very permanent situation to a problem that doesn't give you a lot of leeway. Plus, Delaney AGREES WITH THE CAPS AND WOULD NOT REMOVE THEM.
Scott Schneider's charges just don't make any sense when you are an educated voter. That said, how many voters in Senate District 30 know this? That's why you need to spread the word to those people that Scott Schneider's ads are completely misleading and completely unrealistic not to mention flat out false.
As for me, I appreciate Mr. Delaney's ads a lot more.
You can always tell when an incumbent is concerned about his opponent. He grasps for any straw possible and tries to use it as a weapon. Be smarter than Scott Schneider and tell your friends that he's just being misleading about Tim Delaney and his record.