There was no small amount of irony in a crackdown at Wednesday’s Elections Committee hearing on House Joint Resolution 3.
When Chairman Milo Smith, R-Columbus, warned protesters in the gallery to stop displaying a silent thumbs-down to comments, one man responded – silently – with a thumbs down.
Smith ordered Capitol Police to remove the man, who turned out to be Staff Sgt. Scott Spychala, an Air Force veteran.
“I spent 20 years defending the U.S. Constitution,” Spychala told John Krull of Franklin College’s Statehouse File. “I spent 20 years defending the Indiana Constitution.”
Spychala said he thought his service would have earned him the right to quietly express his opinion on the proposed constitutional amendment.
And we think he’s right.