Political Notebook


Stutzman wants health law defunded

Before his election to the U.S. House in 2010, Marlin Stutzman had sought the Republican nomination for an open Senate seat. He lost to Dan Coats, who would go on to win the general election.

Where would Stutzman, R-3rd, have fit in the Senate had he won? A photograph and news release distributed by his office offers a good clue.

Stutzman joined conservative Republican Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah outside the Capitol on Thursday to call for Congress to strip funding from the federal health care law.

In a Thursday story, the Washington Post referred to the three senators as leaders of a “junior Republican crop” that is willing to shut down the government unless the Affordable Care Act is defunded.

Appearing on “The Sean Hannity Show” on radio a day earlier, Stutzman said, “There are ways to do this where we can pass funding of the government but don’t fund Obamacare.”