Indiana Congressman Mike
Pence will run for governor
(Undated) - It’s now official. Indiana Congressman Mike Pence (R IN-6) will run for governor in 2012.
Not really a surprise after leaks of announcement videos and campaign e-mails this week, the Republican made the announcement Thursday morning in a conference call from Washington, D.C. with his supporters.
“I've been humbled by the outpouring of encouragement we've received from people across this state... and it's for that reason today, I'm announcing my candidacy for the Republican nomination for governor of Indiana in 2012,” Pence said in a video announcing his candidacy.
Crediting Mitch Daniels, Pence said the state is on the edge of an era of growth and opportunity like no other in our lifetime.
He filed campaign papers with the Indiana Secretary of State’s office to form a campaign committee Thursday.
Democrats issued a statement almost immediately which in part criticized Pence’s decision to make his announcement while in the nation’s capitol and not Indiana.
“Hoosiers cherish compromise, and we need leadership that can go beyond party lines, work across the aisle to solve our economic challenges and create the jobs we so desperately need in Indiana. No part of that sentence describes Congressman Mike Pence,” said Indiana Democrat Party Chairman Dan Parker.
A congressman has not been elected governor in Indiana since 1905, but Pence is already seen as the favorite among any Republicans contemplating a run including former Attorney General Steve Carter and former Hamilton County Councilman Jim Wallace.
As for Democrats, Former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg could make an announcement in coming weeks about whether he will run for governor.