Fort Wayne Attorney May Run Against State Rep. as Independent

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Fort Wayne Attorney May Run Against State Rep. as Independent

By Christian Sheckler of The News-Sentinel
Friday, April 20, 2012 – 7:35 am
Ridiculed State Rep. Bob Morris doesn’t have an opponent in the May 8 Republican primary, but the Fort Wayne lawmaker could yet face a challenge from within his own party.Fort Wayne attorney and Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana officer Michael Barranda, a Republican, says he is considering a run for Indiana House District 84 this fall as an independent, partly because of polarizing remarks Morris made earlier this year about the Girl Scouts of America.Headline-grabbing antics by state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle prompted Barranda to weigh a possible run, he said, pointing to this year’s boycotts by House Democrats and Morris’ recent comments.“I think some people are frustrated just by seeing the polarizing headlines and stories that are portraying government…in a negative light,” he said. “Bob Morris and those headlines are really more of the tipping point for me personally.”
Morris sparked outrage in February when he refused to sign a resolution honoring the Girl Scouts on the group’s 100th anniversary. In a letter to his fellow lawmakers, Morris called the group a tactical arm of Planned Parenthood that promotes abortion and homosexuality.