Nelson mounts second challenge for Rokita's seat in Congress

2013-10-07T18:30:00Z 2014-01-31T17:19:08Z Nelson mounts second challenge for Rokita's seat in CongressBy Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com
October 07, 2013 6:30 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | Democrat Tara Nelson will take a second shot at knocking U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Indianapolis, out of Congress.

The Lafayette woman announced Monday that she'll be on the ballot in 2014 seeking to represent the 4th Congressional District, which includes Newton and Jasper counties in Northwest Indiana.

"I am ready to take down our Tea Party congressman who supports the government shutdown, demeans women and calls the Affordable Care Act the most insidious law that man has ever made," Nelson said. 

A senior project manager at Indiana University Health, Nelson won the Democratic nomination for the seat in 2012 but lost to Rokita in the general election, 62 percent to 34 percent.

Even though the district is among the most Republican-leaning in the state, Nelson believes voters are prepared to punish Rokita for forcing the nation into a government shutdown and possible debt default.

"The people of District Four deserve a better representative, the women of District Four deserve a better representative, the veterans and government employees deserve a better representative, anyone on Social Security deserves a better representative and anyone who wants affordable health care deserves a better representative," Nelson said.

Rokita was was widely accused of sexism last week after calling a female CNN anchor "beautiful" while saying she didn't understand the government shutdown.

The Munster native also was the subject of nationwide ridicule recently after he insisted Obamacare is "one of the most insidious laws ever created by man."

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