|Rep. Christina Hale|
Gregg's announcement was drowned out in the news cycle by last week's somewhat stunning news that the 100th Indianapolis 500 was a complete sellout and would be broadcast in the Indianapolis media market for the first time since Johnnie Parsons won the rain-shortened 1950 race. Other than that, Gregg and Hale have been full steam ahead, and Democrats seem happy with the choice of the Indy legislator as the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor.
After all, you won't find many legislators who are as widely respected and beloved by all constituencies of the party as Hale. For months, she has been on Gregg's reported radar, and her selection came as very little surprise to political insiders.
Hale is tough. She's been a leading voice in the legislature since she took her oath of office on women's issues. Her outspokenness has drawn respect from both sides of the aisle, and she's gotten things done. Hale's been a strong advocate for women who have been victims of sexual or domestic violence. She's also been a strong opponent of human trafficking and a vociferous ally of the LGBTQ community.
Add in that Hale, who comes from Latino roots, knows how to win close races and appeal to Republicans, and you have a partner for Gregg that seems perfect. It's exactly what he wants to do and an exact foil for the Pence Administration that has spent much of its time figuring out how to divide constituency groups.
The 350,000 attendees of the Indianapolis 500 saw an airplane trailing the message, "Pence must go," and it's becoming a rallying cry for those on both sides of the aisle that want to see Governor Mike Pence leave the Governor's mansion in January. Pence seems oblivious and caught flat-footed by the close polling results and keeps trying to run a traditional "look at my record" campaign. It's not about Pence's record, though. It's about Mike Pence. Hoosiers just don't like him, and they want an alternative.
With Christina Hale as his running mate, John Gregg becomes an even more formidable foe for Mike Pence and Eric Holcomb. The polls are showing this race will come down to the wire.