Mike Pence is Running for Governor

Today, Mike Pence has officially announced to supporters that he will be running for Governor. Pence held a conference call, sent out an email and released a video at a newly designed www.mikepence.com.   A formal announcement will be held June 11th in Columbus.

Speculation that Congressman Pence would run for Governor has been going on for nearly a year since Pence decided not to run for U.S. Senate against Evan Bayh. This was before now Sen. Coats got in the race and then Sen. Bayh got out of the race.  The Congressman spent last fall out on the stump, helping all the close Congressional races and building his team.

The announcement was supposed to be on Monday but was postponed due to the death of Osama bin Laden.  And, of course, there was the issue of premature announcement  yesterday when a pre-timed email was sent out by the campaign saying “Mike for Indiana” with blank text.  We are sure someone got into some big trouble for that one.

So where does this leave the race for Governor? 

First, it leaves us waiting for an opponent.  We do not believe there will be a viable primary challenger to Mike Pence.  On the Democrat side, it seems to be looking like John Gregg for Governor with Joe Donnelly opting for the U.S. Senate race.

Second, it leaves the race as a bit of a toss-up/leans Pence. Indiana is a Republican state but John Gregg is a conservative Democrat from the South and could potentially pose a threat.  The real question for us is if Mike Pence can find a message that works for the General Election.  While his strong, conservative stances on social issues have played well in conservative crowds nationally and here in Indiana, they may not be winning issues in a general election.  President Obama will be on the ticket so that could be a challenge– unless Mitch Daniels is the Republican nominee and that would greatly benefit Indiana Republicans. 

Let the games begin!


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3 Responses to Mike Pence is Running for Governor

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  2. Jasmin says:

    There are 11 different Indian trbies in Wisconsin. They aren’t all one and the same, contrary to most Republicans’ apparent thinking (is it the whole minorities “look alike” thing?). Further, there are enormous disparities in gaming income among the trbies, from the Forest County Potawatomi and Ho-Chunk Nation (wealthiest) to the Red Cliff and Sokaogon (Mole Lake) Chippewa (the poorest). For example, FCP or HCN earn more in their casinos in about three or four days than Red Cliff and Mole Lake put together earn in a year.Indian trbies are by FAR the biggest employers in 10 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties, eight of which are rural where people have great difficulty finding year-round work with full benefits.From 1991 through 2002 or so, the trbies together paid the state about $130 million.After completing compact amendment negotiations with 10 of the 11 trbies by May, 2003, Governor Doyle had agreements for over $230 million in payments from the trbies over the next two years, with the state being paid a varying % of net win every year (net win is basically income before any expenses, like gross income). In return he agreed to long-term compacts, amendable at 25-year intervals rather than five with no more unilateral non-renewal provisions. He also allowed the trbies to offer addtional casino games like craps, roulette and keno so they could compete more effectively with casinos in neigboring states (MN and the UP of MI). This made particular sense because as a % payee the state wants the trbies to earn as much as possible.The highly political and awfully reasoned Panzer-Gard WI Supreme Court decision challenging these 2003 was a waste of time because it couldn’t be enforced against the trbies (the state has no civil law jurisdiction nor can it enforce its gambling laws on Indian reservations). Basically, it was an enormous boodoggle by the legislature.So, let’s see…$130 million over 11 years vs. $230 million over 2 years with about $75 to $100 million a year after that? Hmmm…I guess that’s “dirty casino deal?”

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