Rust hopes to resolve US Senate ballot issue soon

US Senate candidate John Rust stands outside his bus in Warsaw Thursday. News Now Warsaw photo by Dan Spalding.
By Dan Spalding
News Now Warsaw

WARSAW — US Senate candidate John Rust, who is flighting to get his name on the ballot for next year’s race, stopped briefly in Warsaw Thursday and said he’s hopeful his legal battle against the Republican party and Congressman Jim Banks can be resolved quickly.

Banks announced his plans early this year his intentions to run for the Senate seat currently held by Mike Braun who is running for governor.

While Banks has lined up a slew of endorsements, Rust, has also announced plans to run for the seat as well but is facing opposition.

“The odd part is that how the state GOP, the National Senate Committee and RNC all endorsed him eight nine months before the May primary,” Rust said. “They were lining it up for him. How fair is that? Is that Democracy? I think people deserve a choice.”

He said the lawsuit could be decided within weeks, but said there could be other alternative strategies to ensure he gets his name of the ballot.

He’s openly gay and married and his family operates a huge egg business in Seymour.

Rust, 56, was in South Bend earlier in the day Thursday and stopped briefly in Warsaw and fielded a few questions while standing outside of the Kosciusko County Courthouse.

He said he thinks being gay is a non-factor in modern politics.

“No one cares anymore. Maybe 20-30 years ago, they did, but in today’s age, in my opinon, 95 or 99 percent of Hoosiers just don’t care what goes on behind close doors,” he said.

He agrees with Banks on the subject of wokeness.

“I do not believe pornography should be placed in front of kids in schools. I do not believe transgender ideology should be taught in front of children. I do not believe men should be in women’s sports,” he said.

He also said he supports whoever the Republican nominee is in the next presidential race, even if it happens to be former president Donald Trump. He was also asked if he thinks results from the 2020 presidential election were legit.

“Personally, I think (Donald Trump) probably won. Whether that’s illegitimate or not, I can’t say,” he said.