Despite a stern rebuke from the Indiana Recount Commission’s chairman, Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White claimed vindication after the three-member panel decided not to boot him out of office last week.
He said the secretary of state’s office, and he as its head, have lost no credibility as a result of voter fraud accusations that very well might result in White being forced out of office by a criminal trial in Hamilton County set to start in August.
His logic behind that claim? Voters knew about the accusations he faced, and still elected him. Therefore, he should be able to do the job with his name and reputation intact.
… White spent a year of his life traversing the state as a candidate. It’s hard to blame him for believing his efforts moved the needle.
When he claims that voters handed him legitimacy that can last through a criminal trial in which he faces seven felony charges, though, he ought not get too carried away.