Pence Revs Up Re-Election Campaign; Gregg Will Start Soon
By Mike Perleberg
Indiana Governor Mike Pence spoke at a campaign office in Danville as he kicked off his re-election campaign Wednesday. Photo by Mike Pence for Governor.
(Indianapolis.) – Indiana Governor Mike Pence is hitting the road in his re-election campaign.
The first-term Republican governor is in what polls show as a tight race with Democrat John Gregg, who Pence had edged in the 2012 election.
Speaking at the Dallara IndyCar factory in Speedway Wednesday, Pence said Gregg is not a good choice for Hoosiers.
“My opponent said this race is about my record and he’s half right. The truth is this race is not just about my record, but it’s about his record as well,” Pence told supporters.
Pence took clear aim at Gregg’s actions as Speaker of the Indiana House in the 1990s and early 2000s.
“Speaker John Gregg took Indiana from a $2 billion dollar surplus to $800 million in deficit. Where we’ve cut taxes every year that I’ve been your governor, Speaker John Gregg voted to raise taxes,” the governor said.
Pence also traveled to Danville and Fort Wayne to open campaign offices in both cities. He will continue his three-day “Start Your Engines” campaign tour Thursday with new lieutenant governor and running mate Eric Holcomb in Elkhart and Anderson.
In a statement reacting to Pence’s targeting of Gregg, Gregg for Governor Campaign Manager Tim Henderson said Pence’s focus on social issues during his first term has damaged Indiana’s economy.
“(Pence) simply can’t run on his own record. The truth is as Speaker of the Indiana House John Gregg worked with then-Minority Leader Brian Bosma to craft a bi-partisan tax restructuring bill that increased the homestead property tax deduction six-fold, doubled the homestead tax credit and eliminated the inventory tax… …His record as a responsible fiscal steward is solid,” Henderson said.
Meanwhile, democratic Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz isn’t interested in becoming John Gregg’s lieutenant governor pick. When asked by the Indianapolis Star if she would consider running alongside Gregg in his second campaign for governor, she said no.
Gregg, who will begin his campaign challenging Pence within the next couple weeks, is expected to announce his pick for lieutenant governor by early June.
The primary is over. The green flag is up. The race is on. pic.twitter.com/YnkvrScPck
— Mike Pence (@mike_pence) May 11, 2016