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Pundits Suggest Possible Lieutenant Gov. Choices For Pence

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence will announce his choice for running mate Monday. A few names are being floated as possibilities.

Sue Ellspermann

Photo: Sue Ellspermann For State Rep

State Rep. Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand) has been widely rumored to be Pence's choice.

The Pence campaign has been short on details about today’s announcement.  For example, it did not immediately release where it would take place.

Vanderburgh County GOP chair Wayne Parke let the cat out of the bag when he sent an email inviting Republicans to an event in Evansville. Pundits, such as IUPUI political scientist Brian Vargus, the Statehouse File’s Lesley Weidenbener and WIBC’s Eric Berman, say there are several possibilities.

“Jon Costas has been mentioned prominently for Pence,” Vargas says.

“I think Jon Costas would be a great pick and he would provide some geographic balance,” Weidenbener says.

“Don’t rule out Becky Skillman for a third term,” Berman suggests.

Costas is the mayor of Valparaiso while Skillman has been Mitch Daniels’ lieutenant governor for the last eight years. But, as WISH-TV’s Jim Shella notes, it seems like signs are starting to point in one direction.

“Most of the buzz at the moment is around state Representative Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand),” Shella says.

Vargus says ultimately Pence’s choice will not make much difference because he’s perceived as having a sizable advantage over opponents John Gregg and Rupert Boneham.

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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