Daniels supports Umbarger, won't seek resignation


Gov. Mitch Daniels is supporting Indiana Adjutant General Martin Umbarger following a letter from a New Mexico group angry at the general's affiliation with a Christian military services group.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation argues Umbarger violated military rules and the First Amendment when he endorsed family services from Centurion's Watch in a Sept. 2011 video.

Daniels said Tuesday that if Umbarger's appearance was a mistake "it's obviously an innocent one." He added that picking Umbarger to run the Indiana National Guard was one of the best appointments he's made.

The New Mexico group argues Umbarger's appearance amounts to an endorsement of one religion over another. But Umbarger told The Indianapolis Star Tuesday he was trying to thank a group that helps Indiana soldiers and families.

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