Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels says Secretary of State Charlie White should step down. White was indicted Thursday on seven counts including theft, perjury and voter fraud.
White admits mistakenly using his ex-wife’s address in Fishers as his own when voting in last May’s primary election and may not have been eligible to serve on the Fishers Town Council – and collect a salary for doing so – because he had moved out of the district he’d originally been elected to represent.
The governor issued a statement that called on White to leave office while he fights the charges in court. House Minority Leader Pat Bauer also says White should resign, and joked that he hopes the fines levied by the House Republicans won’t go to pay for White’s bail. Gary Representative Charlie Brown says the news about White isn’t surprising:
“Well, we knew all along that something was wrong,” Brown said. “It’s a shame that the state election board didn’t take care of that prior to the election.”
House Speaker Brian Bosma would not comment directly on whether White should resign, but called the situation an “unfortunate development.”