Thursday, December 31, 2015

Pence "Encourages" Lt. Gov. Elspermann to Get a New Job

Gov. Mike Pence is encouraging Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann to seek employment elsewhere--namely as Ivy Tech's next president. According to Indiana political analyst Brian Howey, the governor's communication chief indicated that "The governor believes that the lieutenant governor is uniquely qualified for the opportunity” at Ivy Tech and “he strongly encouraged her to apply."

Apparently Elspermann's position on RFRA and gay rights is not to the liking of the governor and his social conservative supporters. She told legislators and other Republicans that RFRA created a "mess" that needed to be cleaned up. She also told the Statehouse File that Hoosiers "want to be assured 100 percent that there is no further discrimination. My opinion is that we should get that fixed, whatever that looks like." Howey concludes that Indiana's Republican party is a "house divided." You can read Howey's column on Elspermann v. Pence here.