Democrats are searching for potent issues in the effort to win statewide races in the November election and that has them attacking Governor Mike Pence. It’s an unusual strategy.
That’s because Mike Pence is popular with Indiana voters and he’s not on the ballot. He’s not a good target.
The only thing that makes sense is that Democrats don’t like him and party leaders need to energize their own voters in this low interest election.
That’s why state Democratic Chairman John Zody joined with State Auditor candidate Mike Claytor to question actions taken by the governor. They pointed out that Mike Pence will campaign in other states, including New Hampshire, over the next two weekends.
“We’ve asked what are the costs to the state of Inidana of the governor’s travel both nationally and internationally,” said Claytor, “and that has gone unanswered.”
“When is he going to be transparent with Hoosiers about these plans to either run for President,” asked Zody, “or stay focused on being governor of Indiana as he was elected to do?”
When asked who pays for his travel when Pence goes to New Hampshire and other states, State GOP Chairman Tim Berry said, “I have no idea, but that’s not a state expenditure.”
He suggested that the Democrats are desperate. “And they’re throwing things at a wall trying to get something to stick,” said Berry, “in an effort to try and be successful on November the 4th.”
Claytor, meantime, is challenging State Auditor Suzanne Crouch and, in the most unusual of the charges, Zody demanded answers for last year’s resignation of Dwayne Sawyer, her predecessor.
“Taxpayers never found out,” he said, “why the person charged with managing over $30 billion in taxpayer money suddenly left office.”
And, in case you wonder if the Republicans are confident about their chances in the election, the Democrats supplied that answer. Mike Pence will be campaigning, not for candidates in Indiana, but for candidates in other states over the last two weekends of the 2014 campaign.