State Representative Nancy Dembowkski Discusses Democrat Walk-out

State Representative Nancy Dembowski

Indiana House Speaker, Brian Bosma, said Thursday that he would not call Republicans back until Monday after the Democrats make clear they will not return from an Illinois hotel before then.

17th District State Representative, Nancy Dembowski (D-Knox) talked with WKVI news about the party members walk-out that has caused many in the district to question the maneuver.

“It’s not easy,” said Dembowski. “We’re all sick about it too and it’s pretty stressful, let me tell you. I guess maybe it’s because I’m getting to be a certain age, but if I don’t stand up for what I believe, I can’t live with myself. At some point in time, you have to stand up for what’s right and I think we’re standing up for the people and to be a voice is what’s right.”

The walk-out was originally to quash a right-to-work initiative, but the Democrats have expanded the list to education reform, especially a proposal to issue vouchers for private and charter schools. Vouchers are part of Governor Mitch Daniels’ centerpiece for education reform. He and Education Superintendent, Dr. Tony Bennett, have announced that they will stand firm against any “gutting” of their plans for the reform.