2014 Indiana General Assembly

Region senator gets 'Delphed'

2014-02-24T18:15:00Z 2014-02-24T22:39:14Z Region senator gets 'Delphed'Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com
February 24, 2014 6:15 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | The Twitter antics that prompted Senate Republicans to exile state Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, to a new chamber seat deep in Democratic territory also forced state Sen. Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes, out of the back row seat she loved.

"People think that sitting up front is some big promotion, but I like the back row," Tallian said. "And I want my seat back."

Delph's Senate chamber seat was changed Friday as punishment for his tweeting last week about internal debates over the marriage amendment during a private meeting of Senate Republicans.

He was relocated to Tallian's seat, and she was moved up a row and put on the aisle that separates Democrats from most Republicans.

Her new seat formerly was occupied by state Sen. Doug Eckerty, R-Yorktown, who took Delph's back-row, middle-section chair near the press seats.

Tallian said she can handle the change for the three weeks remaining in the legislative session, but intends to get her old seat back next year by helping elect Delph's Democratic opponent J.D. Ford, a former Hammond resident.

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