|Crouch and Holcomb on Campaign Trail|
Photo from Suzanne Crouch's Twitter
One year ago, Eric Holcomb was a candidate for United States Senate. Mike Pence seemed to be on his way to at least a rematch with John Gregg in the race for Governor of Indiana. Suzanne Crouch was on her way to midway through her term as Auditor of State. Donald Trump was still seen as a joke, and Hillary Clinton was the frontrunner to replace Barack Obama in the White House.
Holcomb dropped out of the race for Senate in February. Trump would soon become the frontrunner for the Presidency as he wrapped up the nomination by winning the Indiana Primary in May. He then selected Pence as his running mate. Holcomb was selected by the Republican State Committee to be the party's nominee for Governor. A few weeks later, Holcomb tapped Crouch to be his running mate, and they started from behind in the polls.
We all know what happened in November, and, now, here we are. Indiana state government takes center stage today as Governor-Elect Holcomb will raise his right hand and be sworn in as Indiana's 51st Governor.
All agreements and disagreements aside with Holcomb, but it must seem still like a whirlwind. I'm not sure that I can think of anything quite like what happened to him this past year. He's gone from out of the running for Senate to back in the game again to the Governor's Mansion.
It's easy to see why I'm a little unsure of what we are getting, but people that know Holcomb tell me he's up to the task. Crouch also brings a great deal of experience to her role as Lieutenant Governor.
I don't know what's ahead for this General Assembly session and how they will ultimately treat a man that, as of last summer was out of politics for the moment. I just caution Holcomb to remember that essentially 49 percent of Hoosiers wanted someone else as Governor.
I simply ask him to keep that in mind when they look at all sides of an issue. There are a lot of us out here in the loyal opposition. That said, I wish Governor Holcomb the best as he takes office because if he succeeds for our state, we all are more likely to succeed as Hoosiers.