Democratic candidate removed from Allen Co. GOP headquarters

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Democratic congressional candidate Tommy Schrader was removed from Allen County Republican Headquarters Saturday, according to a newspaper report.

The Journal Gazette reported Schrader walked into the Main Street office next to a staff member when Allen County GOP Chairman Steve Shine had him removed.

Schrader was removed from the same location during an election night rally in May 2014.

Saturday’s event featured several republican candidates for office. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was campaigning for republican Congressman Todd Young.

Schrader told the Journal Gazette he wanted to visit Ted Cruz and that he met him in May at a presidential campaign rally. Schrader also told the newspaper he liked Cruz and should have run as a Republican.

Schrader, a democrat, is running against State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) and Libertarian candidate Pepper Snyder for Indiana’s 3rd Congressional Seat in the U.S. House.

Schrader also told the newspaper he is supporting Young in the U.S. Senate race against Democrat Even Bayh.

Sunday evening, Schrader told NewsChannel 15 via phone that he was switching his vote to Bayh. Schrader indicated he was switching his vote because Shine had him removed from the building Saturday.

Appearing on First News Saturday for “Meet the Candidates,” Schrader said he’s a harder work than Banks and he can do more for people of the 3rd District than Banks.

He wants to get rid of the malice and fighting and bickering and, “get down to the people’s business.” Schrader said he supports raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and supporting LGBT equal rights in the workplace.

“I want a constitutional amendment because I don’t think we’re ever going to abolish abortion by the law,” Schrader said on First News. Schrader made the comment and followed up by saying Banks would make exceptions for rape and incest.

“Jim Banks is really a pro-abortion guy.”

Schrader said he’ll win because he’s honest and trustworthy. “I’m more than beer, I’m more than homeless, I’m more than a mental illness, I’m more than a dropout…,” he said. “…I’m a human being, I can get things done for the people…”