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A pro-business group is accusing a GOP House candidate of treason in a new House District 22 mailer.

Curt Nisly is challenging Rep. Rebecca Kubacki, R-Syracuse, in the Republican primary. Kubacki seeks her third term in the district covering parts of Kosciusko and Elkhart counties.

Indiana Business for Responsive Government – the political action committee of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce – recently sent the mailer.

It focused on a tweet Nisly sent in November 2012 about "peacefully" granting the state of Indiana to withdraw from the United States and create its own government.

On one side of the mailer it defines treason and on another accuses Nisly of a "shocking betrayal."

"Shouldn't we be electing people who want to lead us to greatness – instead of giving up and walking away from America?"

Shortly after President Barack Obama won re-election, citizens around the country started a number of petitions on the White House website seeking to secede. The tweet referenced the Indiana petition.

But Nisly's committee chair, Pam Galloway, said he wasn't advocating secession – just posting an informational link. She also said he doesn't remember whether he signed onto the petition.

"Rep. Kubacki is getting desperate," she said. "We are going to focus on going door to door and talking to voters."

Nisly has criticized Kubacki's voting record, including opposing a constitutional gay marriage ban this year and requiring some church-run child cares to abide by basic rules and regulations.

It isn't the first time the Indiana Chamber of Commerce has come to Kubacki's aid.

In the final days of her 2010 race, the PAC poured more than $40,000 into her campaign, which she used for last-minute TV commercials, to knock off then-incumbent Rep. Bill Ruppel.

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