While Brooks too often falls into lockstep with President Donald Trump and has in some instances been too slow or too mild in her criticism of the president’s incendiary comments and tweets, she’s an effective representative working in the House to solve problems and develop programs that benefit Hoosiers. Her range of experiences, including stints as a federal prosecutor and deputy mayor of Indianapolis, provide her with a well-rounded view of government and public policy.
Thornton, a former Xerox executive, is campaigning against Trump policies. For instance, she opposes any effort to repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act, wants to explore expansion of Medicare, supports strong environmental protection initiatives and says America “should build bridges” instead of walls in its immigration policy.
Thornton has a firm grasp of the issues and is resolute in her approaches to addressing them.
In a red district that repeatedly elected Mike Pence, now our vice president, to Congress before Brooks, Thornton faces long odds in her race with Brooks.
And, while Thornton would potentially be a strong U.S. representative of Indiana’s 5th District, Brooks has already proved herself in that capacity.