Statewide elected officials who won the November elections were sworn into office at the statehouse today. Among them were two incumbents, and the new Secretary of State, Charlie White. State Auditor Tim Berry and State Treasurer Richard Mourdock were once again sworn into office. But most of the attention was on Charlie White and his legal troubles.
White is under investigation into whether he committed voter fraud by voting at the precinct of his former residence to cover up the fact he no longer lived in the Fishers Town Council seat he represented.
After the ceremony, White had this to say when asked if he would step down voluntarily if he was charged by special prosecutors investigating the case.
“I think that this was an issue that was often reported,” he says, “and I think that, in fact, some of our polling had 58 percent of Hoosiers had heard about the issue. I think they weighed in with their votes and I got almost a million votes, won 88 counties and what I need to do is focus on the job I was elected to do.”
Governor Mitch Daniels would have to appoint a replacement if White stepped down. He says he’s given the situation some thought but wouldn’t elaborate on hypothetical questions.