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Former U.S. Rep. from Indiana Todd Rokita enters race for Indiana attorney general

Former aides say GOP lawmaker yelled at staff, docked pay
Posted at 9:51 AM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 09:52:45-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Former U.S. Congressman from Indiana Todd Rokita has entered the race for attorney general.

Rokita served as Indiana’s secretary of state from 2003-11, then as a U.S. Representative from 2011-19.

He is the third Republican to challenge current officeholder Curtis Hill. The others are Nate Harter and John Westercamp.

In a statement, Rokita said he is running to “bring certainty to the race and help Republicans hold onto this seat in November.”

Last week, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled that Hill’s law license will be suspended for 30 days after allegations of sexual misconduct at a 2018 party.

“Running against a Republican officeholder is not something I ever would want to do, in just about any circumstance,” Rokita said. “But our incumbent is wounded. The unanimous Supreme Court ruling, by Republican appointed and conservative Justices, after a significant investigation of the facts made this choice clear.”

On the Democratic side, State Senator Karen Tallian is running against former Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel for the nomination.