Wednesday, June 17, 2015

With Pence Reeling, Democrats Need Unity

John Gregg
Governor Mike Pence is in trouble.

Less than 1/3 of Hoosiers polled by Republican polling firm Bellwether believe that the troubled Indiana Chief Executive should be reelected.

The poll also finds him in dead heats with Democrats John Gregg or Glenda Ritz.

In short, Pence has work to do. 

Pence is set to announce his reelection campaign tomorrow at the annual Indiana GOP Dinner, but it makes you wonder how many Republicans in that audience may want his job. After all, Fort Wayne car dealer Bob Thomas has announced a potential run, and Bill
Glenda Ritz
Osterle, a former Mitch Daniels lieutenant and CEO of Angie’s List, sounds like he might want to tangle with Pence.

It’s more apparent than ever that Democrats get on the same page and back a single candidate. Some believe that a primary fight would be healthy for the Democratic Party, but I don’t think so. Ritz and Gregg, if they are the two most prominent candidates, need to sit down and figure out what it will take to unite as a ticket. Even if Ritz or Gregg doesn’t end up on the other’s ticket, they need to decide right now how to come together. Karen Tallian, of course, has a role in all of this too.

Gregg made a few baby steps this weekend towards clearing the distance he needs to make up with Indiana’s LGBT community with an appearance at Indy Pride. He’s previously softened his stance on gay
Karen Tallian
marriage, and he needs to continue to evolve on other issues. I think Ritz’s expertise in education can carry her far since the Governor’s Office now has such a control on it. Ritz seems to be positioned right on social issues, but she remains a bit of a blank slate. Tallian has yet to find much traction.

The bottom line in all of this is that Democrats need to get their act together before the Republicans do and start attacking Mike Pence and the Republican Majority in the Indiana House and Senate. The GOP’s brand is vulnerable, and Pence’s polling numbers show that.


Anonymous said...

There's nothing wrong with a primary - the longer we have Ritz around, the more we focus on the way the Republicans have tried to govern the last 4 years. I do think she's an unlikely nominee, but she's really valuable as a reminder of GOP excess.

Anonymous said...

The primary hurts for reason-----MONEY. John Gregg is the stronger candidate because he has broader appeal and experience. Glenda needs to run for re-election.