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Democratic Leader Bauer Calls Move To Oust Him ‘Atrocious’

House Minority Democratic Leader Pat Bauer says the party needs to stay united if it wants to be successful in November.

Bauer and Bartlett

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Pat Bauer says the Democratic caucus meeting to be held Thursday violates standard procedure.

Indiana Democrats plan to hold a caucus meeting Thursday, in which some members will reportedly try to oust House Minority Leader Pat Bauer.  At a press conference Wednesday Bauer called the move “atrocious” and “destructive.”

Sitting in his Statehouse office, alongside his wife Karen and Indianapolis Representative John Bartlett, Pat Bauer says the movement to unseat him from his leadership post is coming, in part, from the building trades industry. He says unhappiness from both outside and within his caucus over the Democratic walkout during the 2011 session contributes as well.

But the South Bend Democrat says Thursday’s scheduled caucus meeting that could attempt to replace him is improper. He says  the caucus chair, Indianapolis Representative Vanessa Summer, did not call the meeting, violating standard procedure.

“I’m not worried about tomorrow because I don’t think it’s a legitimate deal and number two, if they want to keep doing this, nobody should want to be leader, to tell you the truth,” he says.

Bauer says the longer the fracture within the caucus lasts, the harder it will be to be successful in the fall elections. And he says the only vote that matters happens in November.

“I don’t think a no-confidence vote at this time would be a true test of what I’m doing or where we’re going,” he says.

Bauer says he will determine his next move after judging what happens Thursday at the caucus meeting.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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