Conservative lobbyist warns of ‘sneak attack’

Scott Spychala waves a rainbow flag outside the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis, Friday, June 26, 2015 after the U.S. Supreme Court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the US. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A web video warning of a potential “sneak attack” is stirring controversy at the Statehouse and leaders in the General Assembly felt the need to respond.

“This sneak attack must be stopped,” warns conservative lobbyist Eric Miller in the animated video that suggests action will be taken on gay rights issues at Organization Day on Nov. 17.

At times Miller appears on camera. “It’s even more devious because this sneak attack could involve passing a bill on November 17 dealing with sexual activity,” he says at one point, “and children.”

Miller also sent an email to supporters. It, too, warns of a sneak attack. One thing he didn’t do is talk to leaders in the General Assembly.

House Speaker Brian Bosma used twitter to say no sneak attack is planned.

Senator Brandt Hershman used Facebook to say that no LGBT issues will be debated that day.

Meantime, Democrats have already written the legislation. It’s no secret.

In the video, Miller warns that big business is calling the shots.

“Usually when somebody’s worried about their side of the argument not winning the day,” said Mike O’Connor of Eli Lilly and Company, “they make exaggerated claims that somebody else is controlling the process.”

LGBT activist Rick Sutton says the video is humorous.

“This is not an issue under which any legislative leadership team should take under cover of darkness or quickly,” he said. “They should do it in the regular schedule and I never thought they were going to do it in any other way other than that anyway.”

Nevertheless, Miller is not alone.

A Tea Party leader in Warsaw, telling people to speak out before it’s too late, is organizing a bus trip to the Statehouse on Organization day.

Eric Miller did not respond to a request to be interviewed.

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