Indianapolis Star business reporter John Katzenberger has an extremely interesting article out today about some Republican push-back over SJR-7. It seems that Senator Brandt Hershman and Representative Eric Turner have written "a curious letter" to those Fortune 500 companies that came out against the proposed constitutional amendment.
"Knowing that you would not wish to sully (your company's) good name on the basis of incomplete or conjectural information," they write, "we appreciate your prompt attention to this matter."
The April 2 letter also insinuates the companies weren't acting in good faith.
"Please forward to us the resolution adopted by the board of directors of your publicly traded company approving this as the official policy," one letter read, "or indicate which sector of corporate management authorized this position."
The next sentence implies a conspiracy. "As it seems the same language has appeared in letters from more than one company, please advise us of what groups may have requested you to make a public statement and what draft language may have been provided to you."
I'm absolutely amazed at the vehemence displayed by Turner and Hershman. Okay, maybe not Hershman. We already know that his eyes mist red whenever someone brings up the topic of LGBT Hoosiers. Hell, he probably has to be restrained each time a rerun of Queer Eye comes on the ole boob tube... (Cuz, you know, Carson Kressley is going to pop out of the box and demand Hershman trim his ear hair or something...)
But for the Republicans to turn against business - isn't that against the super secret Republican agenda? That's some hate in your hearts, ladies and gents. That's biting the hand that feeds you. That's, well, stupidity and arrogance.
I wouldn't expect any donations to your re-election campaigns, gentleman. Here's hoping all of the companies make sizable donations to their opponent's campaigns. That would be the best way possible to kneecap the fundie agenda - which is clearly not in the best interests of the business community. After all, corporations don't usually thrive in a theocracy.