John Krull: Lawmaker is put into a timeout

John Krull: Lawmaker is put into a timeout

John Krull submitted photo INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana House Speaker Todd Huston did the right thing when he punished Indiana Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, for posting a racist meme on social media. Huston, a Republican from Fishers, removed Lucas from two legislative committees and stripped him of a leadership position on another. Huston also told Lucas he didn’t approve of the Seymour Republican’s Facebook post. That post featured a meme of black children dancing with wording that read: “We gon’ get free money!” It was merely the latest in a series of disturbing posts by Lucas. Last year, to comment on the story of a black man accused of rape, he posted a photo of a noose – a clear allusion to lynching. In earlier posts, he made jokes about pepper-spraying female protesters and locking wives in car trunks to test their devotion to their husbands. Some critics have dismissed Huston’s punishment of Lucas as a slap on the wrist. Those critics wanted nothing less than Lucas’s ouster from the Indiana House of Representatives. It’s hard to see how Huston could have done that, for at least two reasons. The first is that the mechanisms for removing a legislator from office are cumbersome and require proof that the lawmaker either committed specific legal offenses or has been incapacitated to the point that she or he cannot meet the responsibilities of the position. Lucas hadn’t committed any of the offenses that might merit removal. It’s also difficult to argue that he’s […]

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