|Governor Mike Pence|
The plan has since been dropped by the General Assembly, but Gregg is apparently one of two dozen or so former legislators that continues to draw from the fund. The others were not named.
The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette published an article on essentially the same topic. It will be up to the voters to determine if this makes a difference because you can bet the Republican Governors Association is coming off the top rope with this one in their next negative ad.
Gregg's campaign essentially says what I say telling the Journal Gazette that this was an insurance plan available at the time Gregg left the House. It was passed in a bi-partisan manner, and he took it.
I'd just like to point this out.
Mike Pence went to Congress in 2001. Below are his salary amounts (without any possible extras for his benefits or his leadership roles).
Number of bills Mike Pence sponsored, 2001-2012: 63
Number of bills Mike Pence sponsored that were passed into law: 0
Now, I'm not saying he didn't do anything in Congress. I'm sure Pence did constituent services and other things to earn some of that money. He may have even worked hard. I'm just saying...0 for 63 on a $1.97 million investment. Pence also missed over five percent of the votes. According to GovTrack, that's "much higher" than the median of 2.6 percent over the lifetime of a representative,
Combined with Pence's abysmal record as Governor and penchant for pushing the wrong issues, it kind of puts John Gregg's insurance issue in perspective.