Indiana’s top legislative Republicans said Tuesday that a bill allowing Gov. Mike Pence to run for the White House and governor on the same ticket is unlikely to be approved this year. Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, said Tuesday he plans to send it to the the Senate Rules Committee — shorthand for killing legislation in the Statehouse. Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, told the Indianapolis Star last week that he submitted legislation that would let Pence seek both offices in 2016. His focus, Delph said, was clearing “obstacles” to a potential Pence White House run, to continue drawing national attention to the state.
House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said he was not concerned about the people it would benefit, but was instead focused on the policy Delph put forward.
“It does not seem to me to be good public policy to give elected officials the opportunity to run for a federal and a state office at the same time, whether it’s a legislator running for Congress or a secretary of state running for president,” Bosma said.
Gov. Mike Pence called a proposal that would allow him to seek the White House without having to sacrifice the governor’s office “well-intentioned,” but would not dismiss the controversial measure Tuesday.
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