I believe that blogger, who was of course me, also warned that Republicans who supported the bill would likely face a primary challenger. Today we learn that Senate President Pro Tem David Long, one of the legislators leading the charge on SB 344, has drawn an opponent who seems very well qualified. The Indianapolis Star reports:
In the aftermath of a legislative fight for gay rights,Indiana Senate leader David Long is facing a primary challenge from fellow Republican John Kessler.
Social conservatives have been looking for a challenger to Long ever since he announced in November an effort to expand the state's civil rights laws to add protections for gay Hoosiers. Kessler appears to be that candidate.
The Fort Wayne resident filed his paperwork with the Indiana Secretary of State's office today to take on Long in the May 3 primary.
Kessler directs of the Center for Economic Education at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. He is an adjunct scholar with the Indiana Policy Review Foundation, a conservative think tank, and was a one-time military veterans liaison for U.S. Senator John McCain, according to a resume posted on IPFW's website. He is also a disabled Marine Corps veteran.