INDIANAPOLIS — A Republican candidate for Indianapolis City-County Council has used his opponent’s endorsement by the LGBTQ Victory Fund in one of his own campaign ads.
The Indianapolis Star reported Tuesday that Democrat Ali Brown and Republican Adam Cox are running for a seat representing the northwest corner of Marion County. Last week, Brown tweeted a campaign ad Cox had sent out.
So another digital attack ad against me.— Ali Brown for Indy (@aliforindy) October 22, 2019
My opponent thinks being a member of the lgbtq community is a bad thing. This is why we need comprehensive hate crimes legislation. @VictoryFund @INStonewall @glaad pic.twitter.com/qA9YUj4fdr
Brown, who is bisexual and out, told the newspaper that while she expected attacks, she was worried about the implication for LGBTQ youth.
“My identity isn’t something to be attacked,” Brown said. “You want to push back on me on something else, that’s fine, but we’re in a state where we don’t have any protections for people who identify as LGBTQ … and to see somebody use that as a dog whistle, that’s where my thought was — how is this hurting kids?”
Cox told the Star that the ad was taken out of context and that his mailing listed other progressive groups endorsing Brown.
“As soon as I saw the screenshot that the ad was being misinterpreted,” Cox said, “I immediately stopped running it because I don’t want anyone to doubt my support of the LGBTQ community.”
The Victory Fund was not happy.
We are appalled that in a major city in 2019, LGBTQ candidates like @aliforindy are still being attacked for who they are. The purpose of this ad is clear: to use Ali’s identity as a wedge issue. We condemn this ad in the strongest terms. https://t.co/hEPFVnhTLW— Victory Fund (@VictoryFund) October 22, 2019
Marion County GOP officials had not responded to the Star’s request for comment.