Thursday, July 14, 2011
Skillman Indiana Tour 2011/2012: What Does It Mean?
Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman plans to tour Indiana’s 92 counties during the last 18 months of her term as the state’s second-highest executive. The Indianapolis Star reports that Skillman’s stated purpose of the tour is “to check on the progress of community projects that were funded totally or in part by the state or federal government, and to hear from county and local government officials on how they and the state can work better together.”
I agree with the Star’s assessment. Writer Mary Beth Schneider rightly points out that this kind of tour has the “earmarks” of someone running for an office, but Skillman says that a cigar is just a cigar and the tour isn’t to explore anything. It's just a strange time for a Lieutenant Governor fact finding tour. Makes you wonder what she's up to.
I guess I will take her at her word, but, doesn’t something seem funny? I mean Skillman was laying all the groundwork for a gubernatorial run prior to Mike Pence expressing an interest. Suddenly, before Pence announced, she pulled out of the race citing a minor health issue. That was never disclosed, and, frankly, it was none of our business. This was supposed to have been her time, and this was supposed to have been her election.
I don't think she's running for Governor now, but she certainly could be positioning herself for the future. At just 60 years old, she's still theoretically young enough to run for Governor in 2016. Maybe this is a jump start on that campaign.
Seems kind of strange to be thinking that far ahead, but she's now far behind Mike Pence and Jim Wallace in fundraising for 2012. She could raise money quickly, and, thinking way outside the box, maybe there are some private concerns about Pence's shaky start versus John Gregg's solid one or Jim Wallace as the alternative.
I don't know. I'm grasping at straws. Maybe she just wants to actually see how things are across the state. I guess we'll learn the truth in the next few months.