Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Ellspermann Primary Vote Raises Questions for Pence

Rep. Sue Ellspermann
Closet Democrat?
I'm not trying to make a big deal about this, but the revelation that Sue Ellspermann voted in the Democratic Primary in 2008 should raise some eyebrows.  How much did Mike Pence "vet" his running mate?

Ellspermann has said that the vote was "her personal choice" as a voter, but, in 2010, when she was running for office, she couldn't remember voting as a Democrat in 2008.  Likely, she crossed over as thousands of Indiana Republicans did and voted in the Democratic Primary because of the hotly-contested Presidential race.  She probably didn't know she'd be asked to be Mike Pence's running mate.

It makes you wonder if Pence looked into the voting records at all.  I mean, this could be something that could be used against him by the conservative base he covets so much.  If there's one thing the current Republican Party hates...it's a possible Democrat.  The only thing they hate more...a moderate.

Maybe it was a calculated choice or maybe it was just Mike Pence acting unilaterally without all the evidence.  The only people that know probably won't tell us.


marksmall2001 said...

If she says (as probably was the case) "I crossed-over because Rush told me to do it," she will solidify her creds as Pence's Number Two (take that last appellation any way you wish).

Anonymous said...

The problem is she was dishonest when she filed for office in 2010. She checked that she had voted in the republican primary in 2008. No one holding an elected office forgets when they vote in the other parties primary.

Anonymous said...

This is truly not a issue.

At least she shows she might not be such a nut job like Murdock who spends too much time listening to talk radio and watching Fox news.

If the Democrats want to win, they must have well developed policy plans that address real problems, not feel good political promises empty of any real substance.

No one is in the mood for that right now.

Paul K. Ogden said...

Inside baseball. Nobody ouside a narrow band of partisans care. I think it's pretty obvious she was taking part in "Operation Chaos" and is not truly a Democrat. If we want to stop crossovers, we need to switch to a closed primary.

Anonymous said...

Really, how is this something that comes to light? Can anyone find out how anyone has voted in a primary? I did not know that was the case.

Greg Bowes said...

To see what information must be collected on voters, and who gets access to it, go to Ind. Code 3-7-26.3 (http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title3/ar7/ch26.3.html) and Ind. Code 3-7-26.4 (http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title3/ar7/ch26.4.html).
A voter's choice of which party's primary election s/he participated in is kept as a public record for 10 years.