Indy GOP candidate tries to use opponent’s Victory Fund endorsement against her

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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.

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.

Marion County GOP officials had not responded to the Star’s request for comment.



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