As if they hadn’t already, Congressman Marlin Stutzman and Indiana State Representative Curt Nisly have now assuredly earned the monicker of two of Indiana’s busiest Hoosiers in the aftermath of the the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Both Stutzman and Nisly addressed the crowd at the Kosciusko Silent No More’s Monday night meeting. Nisly, who represents the state’s 22nd district in Indianapolis, spoke briefly on his efforts to keep the RFRA in tact as it was originally proposed and not back down in the face of pressure. He credited the individuals that elected him as giving him the courage to fight for the RFRA, “That’s how I know that I am making the right decisions down there, because I know the people who sent me.” Nisly then continued, “Every time I walk up the statehouse steps I think about the people of this community.”
Nisly then turned the podium over to Stutzman, who represents Indiana’s 3rd congressional district. Stutzman remarked that the Center Lake Pavillion, where Monday’s meeting was held, was where he had participated in the 2009 debate while running for U.S. Senate. Stutzman expressed his frustration with the way the state has been portrayed in the wake of the RFRA and stated, “It was the weight of the liberal left coming down in a way that I thought was very unfair without knowing all the facts,” before continuing, “It shows you the power of the media, and the power of misinformation as well.”
Stutzman’s address touched on a wide array of topics and drew applause from the crowd with such statements as, “The EPA is enemy number one for farming and agriculture,” and “We have to get regulators off the backs of businesses.” Nisely expressed his dissatisfaction with the leadership that President Barack Obama has provided up to this point, but stated that he is optimistic about the 2016 presidential election due to the strength of the possible Republican candidates, particularly current Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Stutzman cited Walker being the son of a preacher and his leadership skills as two reasons why the Wisconsinite have earned his confidence.