Monday, May 21, 2012

Pence Chooses Ellspermann; Gregg Plans "MAJOR" Announcement Tomorrow

Rep. Sue Ellspermann
GOP Lieutenant Gubernatorial nominee
Mike Pence made his choice for a running mate, and there's late word that John Gregg will be making a "MAJOR" announcement tomorrow.

Pence chose freshman State Representative Sue Ellspermann.  The GOP legislator will join Pence on the ticket with a very strong resume that shows public and private entries.  It's a strong choice for Pence, who becomes the second-straight GOP nominee to choose a female Lieutenant Governor candidate.

Ellspermann seems to be a political moderate which pulls Pence's ticket more to the center.  She defeated longtime Democratic Rep. Russ Stilwell in 2010 despite being out raised by the then-incumbent.

I'm sure Ellspermann will receive criticism for her lack of experience with just a two-year term in the Indiana House, but she is a business owner and holds a BS, MS, and PhD in Industrial Engineering from Purdue and Louisville, respectively.  Ellspermann is a business owner is the Founding Director of the University of Southern Indiana's Center for Applied Research.  On top of that, she is a mother of four.

Late this afternoon, I received word that John Gregg will be making a "MAJOR announcement" tomorrow at the Indiana Statehouse.  Gregg has said that he will name his Lieutenant Governor nominee prior to the June 8 filing deadline set by the Indiana Democratic Party.  Could we find out who will join Gregg on the ticket?

Sounds like a big one!  The release from the Marion County Democratic Party:

Dear Democrat:

Please join our Democratic Gubernatorial Nominee John Gregg TOMORROW at 2:00 p.m. on the Southside of the State Capitol for a MAJOR announcement important for all Democrats and all Hoosiers. I know I’ll be there, and I hope to see you at 2:00 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, May 22 on the Southside of the State Capitol Building.

Democratically Yours,
Ed Treacy 
Hammond Mayor
Tom McDermott
David Becker
Jim Schellinger
Lots of speculation out there centering around Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott and architect Jim Schellinger.  I have also heard local businessman David Becker may be in the running.  Becker has a business background which fits right in with the Lieutenant Governor's job.  It's possible it could be one of these three or none of the above.

Libertarian Rupert Boneham has previously nominated Brad Klopfenstein for that party's Lieutenant Governor position on the ballot.

UPDATE:
Egg on my face here.  WISH-TV is reporting that Senator Vi Simpson is being named as Gregg's running mate.  My sources did not mention Simpson.  I guess we'll find out for sure tomorrow!

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