Hill is accused by four women — a legislator and three legislative staffers — of getting drunk at a party in March and groping them. He denies inappropriately touching anyone.
Bosma is accused of hiring an attorney to intimidate a woman into silence who says she had a consensual sexual encounter with him more than 25 years ago. He denies the encounter and says he hired the attorney to protect his reputation.
Almost from the moment of the allegations, Republicans denounced Hill. Many of them, up to and including Gov. Eric Holcomb, called on him to resign. They snubbed him at a big GOP dinner, leaving his name off a list of sponsors on the evening’s program despite a hefty contribution.
They have been much more understanding of the speaker. Holcomb rejected a call from Democrats to support an investigation of Bosma, The Indianapolis Star reports, and more than 60 Republican House members and candidates issued a letter of support for their longtime speaker. He was warmly received at the dinner.
Those of us on the outside looking in must choose from among three possibilities, all of them troubling to one degree or another.
One, the GOP considers the accusations against Hill more serious than the one against Bosma, drunken groping being worse than sober intimidating.
Two, Republicans are privy to some knowledge convincing them of Hill’s guilt and Bosma’s innocence. This would be information they seem not willing to share with the public or, presumably, the press.
And three, the most troubling, the unfortunate practice of being suspiciously selective about which unsubstantiated accusations to believe is not just a byproduct of our partisan warfare. Bosma is a great buddy of members of the GOP elite. Hill has been very much on the outs with a lot of them, most notably the governor. Never waste an opportunity to boost your friends or throw your enemies to the wolves.