|Rep. Vanessa Summers|
During an Indiana House floor debate over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Monday, Summers, a Democrat, claimed Republican Jud McMillin's 18-month-old son is afraid of her because she is black.
Now, I have not walked a mile in Rep. Summers' shoes. I am not black, but I've had plenty of young children be scared of me.
|Rep. Jud McMillin|
have as much to do with anything other than he saw her as a stranger. I see the kids of my friends who I have met before hiding under their parent's legs at the age of even three or four when they meet me. I've never thought to attribute it to anything else other than adults are scary people to a child...especially one that's a year and a half old.
I don't know Rep. Summers at all, but I know good people that know her. Rep. Jeb Bardon, for example, retired from the Indiana House rather than face her in a Primary Election because of his respect for her as a friend and legislator. Knowing how much he enjoyed serving his constituents, I can't imagine him stepping aside for just anyone.
I'm really not sure how this story ends up. I just I hope that Representative Summers has found a moment to find Representative McMillin and apologize to him, to his family and to his little boy.