While the office of the presidency is all well and good, the real power is at the local level, with the governors and the state congresscritters. This is why we need to support any Democrat running for governor in a red state as much as possible, and former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg is no exception.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R) made no friends when he signed the anti-gay legislation into law, and was forced to backtrack and clarify as a result. The law hung a bull’s-eye around the state’s neck, and criticism from all corners hammered Pence and the state.
On Thursday, Gregg announced his candidacy to replace Pence in the governor’s mansion, and he’s not pulling any punches. His announcement video also serves as an opening salvo: in it, Gregg goes after Pence for signing the anti-gay “religious freedom” bill that damaged their state.
“I used to introduce myself as the guy with two first names,” Gregg said in the video. “But after what Indiana’s been going through lately, I just say I’m the guy who almost beat Mike Pence in 2012. That seems to get people’s attention.”
Gregg noted in the video that, as a state representative, speaker of the House, and university president, he “understood how important Indiana’s reputation was in attracting good jobs to our state.”
He continued to hammer Pence:
But we’ve all seen the damage done in Indiana by Mike Pence. He’s managed to alienate the entire country with his extreme religious freedom law, a law that’s an embarrassment and wrong. Indiana’s lost millions of dollars in business. Companies are holding expansions and threatening to leave.
Pence was forced to bring in a public relations firm, to the tune of about $2 million, to try and repair the damage he did with the bill. As a result, he’s not at all liked, with only 35% of a population polled in a Howey Politics poll having a favorable view. There’s also mutterings that Pence may be facing a candidate from within the ranks of his own party during the primary, as well.
You can watch Gregg’s announcement video below: