INDIANA: Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb Tapped To Run For Governor In Place Of Mike Pence

Politico reports:

Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb will be Indiana Republicans’ new candidate for governor after winning a majority vote from the state GOP central committee Tuesday.

Holcomb, a career political operative who just became lieutenant governor in March, replaces current Gov. Mike Pence on the ballot. Pence withdrew from his reelection race several weeks ago, after Donald Trump tapped him as his vice-presidential running mate, because Indiana law prohibits appearing twice on the same ballot.

Holcomb will face Democratic nominee John Gregg, who narrowly lost to Pence in 2012. Holcomb saw off challenges from Reps. Susan Brooks and Todd Rokita, as well as state Sen. Jim Tomes, who all put their names before the GOP committee. But Pence’s endorsement of Holcomb late last week may have been decisive.

  • bkmn

    Its too bad Rump tagged him to be his VP. I would have loved to see Indiana with a Democratic governor. Pence screwed the state over with his religious freekdumb law and damaged the economy and reputation of the state.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    From one #2 to another.

    • AnotherJosh

      Because reasons, I’m going to assume that you’re using “#2” in your comment euphemistically as a reference to “piece of crap.” Going from one to another is what it’ll feel like if we get Holcomb after losing Pence.

  • Lazycrockett

    Is he as assholery as Pence I’m assuming YES.

    • Michael Abbett

      From his Wikipedia page: In 2000, Holcomb ran for the Indiana House of Representatives against John Frenz, claiming that Frenz supported bestiality and obscene photographs of children due to his vote in favor of funding Indiana University, which contains the Kinsey Institute.

      This is how men are raised warped in Indiana. It’s a breeding ground for closet cases and the sexually repressed. I can’t fully communicate how provincial and backward this place is.

      • AnotherJosh

        I am a Hoosier, born in Indiana in the mid-80’s, and didn’t figure out that I was gay until I was almost 25. So, to put it more succinctly, yes.

  • Jim Gallagher-Barker

    Oh, look, an unelected Lt Gov gets to run for Gov

    • Lazycrockett

      It IS Indiana.

      • Charlie

        I grew up in Indiana…I don’t care what the Jackson 5 do, but I’m NOT “Going Back to Indiana”

        • Acronym Jim

          I think even the Jacksons got the hell out of Indiana as soon as they could.

          Gary, Indiana has a setting in Stephen King’s The Stand

          • Craig Howell

            And “Gary, Indiana” was a song in Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man,” sung by none other than a very young Ron Howard in the movie version. The movie also starred Shirley Jones in the role of Marian The LIbrarian, originated by Barbara Cook on Broadway. How many gay connections can you find in all that?

          • Acronym Jim

            Kevin Bacon is going to be very angry. I can’t find any degrees of separation.

  • Reality.Bites
    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      HA!

      …and also WTF?

      • Reality.Bites

        So I guess this means Justin isn’t running for a third term.

        • Karl Dubhe

          Traditionally, that’s not worked out well for the people who’ve tried. πŸ™‚

          I think there’ve only been two who’ve won more than twice.

          • Reality.Bites

            Traditionally it’s worked more often than not. I think Mulroney may be the only PM to have been elected to two majorities not to seek and win a third term. Pearson didn’t seek a third term, but never won a majority.

            Chretien – three times
            Harper – three times
            Pierre Trudeau – four times
            King – four or five or six times. 22 years in office.
            Laurier – four times
            Sir John A – 6 times

          • Karl Dubhe

            6 out of 22 PMs is not ‘more often than not’. πŸ™‚ Most of them don’t last long.

          • Reality.Bites

            But we weren’t talking about all PMs – some of whom never won an election as PM. You were saying it didn’t work out well for those who tried to run for a third time – but it certainly did. No PMs who tried and failed and only one who could have tried but didn’t.

    • Bruno

      I wonder what % of Americans think we’ll have a gay prez in the next 10 years. I’m guessing 0%.

    • Prixator

      I really hope the newspaper prediction is wrong. I love my ~2 hours every morning reading the G&M. If only I could get reliable delivery!

      • Reality.Bites

        I’m not sure how long they’ve got, but they’re definitely going. It’s telling that Montreal, which once supported SIX daily print newspapers (OK, well only four ever made any money) is down to one – and it’s a trashy tabloid

  • Jim Gallagher-Barker

    Is it just me or does he look like he could be Keith Olbermann’s brother?

  • Sam_Handwich

    “Pence withdrew from his reelection race several weeks ago, after Donald Trump tapped him as his vice-presidential running mate”

    sloppy reporting from Politico. as far as i know Pence didn’t officially drop out until July 15, which isn’t even two weeks, forget “several” weeks ago

    • Acronym Jim

      If, I recall correctly, didn’t he actually drop out within hours of the deadline to do so because it was only at that point that he received confirmation that he was the VP choice?

      And the next day Chump considered changing his mind. lol.

      • Bruno

        I think tRump basically had to make that pick when he did because of that deadline. But tRump is about as decisive as an amoeba looking for directions, so I’m sure he still wants to go back and change the pick, or not, depending on the minute.

      • clay

        You can reduce “hours” to “hour” or “minutes”. The deadline was noon, Pence pulled out (I can’t believe I just typed that) just after 11:00, no?

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      It only seems like last week lasted a year.

  • Cara Rosenberg

    Hopefully the state party can get their shit together and actually get people out to vote this time!

  • Lumpy Gaga
    • Gustav2

      Now they are hiding their faces from MSNBC saying the Party will retaliate and revoke their credentials if they speak out.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        You can’t hide your lyin’ eyes.

      • Treant

        Hum. Making waves in public after you agreed not to when you became a delegate. Consequences. No trophy just for showing up. What a concept.

      • SoCalGal20

        The DRAMA. πŸ™„

      • Reality.Bites

        You know, if Hillary were HALF the monster the BernieBros claim she is, on the first night of the convention she’d have hauled Bernie up on stage, pulled out a gun and shot him dead, then looked at his delegates and said, “NOW do you fucking believe it’s over?”

        • Paul

          A Facebook acquaintance dismissed the Putin/Trump link as US lies while saying that Hilary will nuke Europe if we don’t agree with her.

          He’s far left and also gay.

    • JustDucky

      They’ve earned this:

      http://ethanwiner.com/asshole.gif

  • Gustav2

    OT: You heard it first on JMG

    Tonight, former president Bill Clinton will make a joke about finally, at long last, breaking the glass ceiling as ‘The First Gentleman.”

    • Bruno

      You must have some major inside sources to know such a surprising thing in advance!

      • Gustav2

        I was also on the Top Secret shortlist for VP. So secret the Russians didn’t know about it.

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    • JustSayin’

      glass ceiling or a glass hymen? /s sorry had to ask it was just laying there…lol

    • perversatile

      I can’t wait for the Harper’s Bazaar cover featuring Bill sharing his favourite cookie recipe. Tho the Idea of him hollarin’ at the kids to get off his lawn during the White House Easter Egg Hunt does give me a warm happy feeling

  • thom

    ot:/ two progressive groups dropped their endorsement of Alan Grayson after his allegations of domestic violence from his ex wife.

    can’t say I’m sorry to see him lose. his ego seems as large as trumps.

  • TheManicMechanic

    The other hole under a two-seat latrine.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    This is so whacked, but Is it true that Pence signed a law requiring a funeral for miscarriages and abortions ??

    • SoCalGal20

      He sure did. It’s part of the draconian anti-abortion law ge signed bach in March. The law is currently blocked by a Federal judge after the recent SCOTUS ruling against the Texas abortion law.

      The sweeping abortion bill that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed into law in March gained national attention for prohibiting women from electing to have an abortion due to the race, gender, or disability of the fetus. But the bill contained another unusual provision: It required that aborted fetuses receive what amounts to a funeral.

      …And, as Mother Jones reported in March, the law also required that health care facilities inter or cremate the remains of an aborted fetus, and prohibited fetal tissue donation.

      http://m.motherjones.com/politics/2016/07/trumps-vp-pick-passed-law-requiring-funerals-aborted-fetuses

      • D. J.

        Bet Indiana doesn’t hold funerals for each indigent individual they bury.

        • oikos

          Those takers should have pre-paid for their funerals if they wanted a proper burial.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        INSANE !!

    • vorpal

      LOLwut? I thought you were kidding.
      All that delicious fetus meat going to waste :(.

      • clay

        If you haven’t already, you need to see Absolutely Fabulous.

        • vorpal

          I’ve seen the first three seasons (many, many, many times) and a bit of the later stuff… Have yet to see the movie, but I was kind of disappointed with the later episodes and the movie doesn’t seem to be playing here in Chile…

          • clay

            The opening scene (perhaps contained in a clip or ad) has a pertinent line.

    • Cboulder

      I’m hoping that Whole Womens Health will ensure that medically unsupportable shit like that will be declared Unconstitutional. Additionally, having people pay for funeral arrangements for aborted fetuses seems to be above and beyond an undue burden. And Abbott is trying the same shit in Texas

      • IamM

        Undue burden is the whole point.

        • Cboulder

          Wouldn’t it also be considered an ex post facto law, which are facially unconstitutional?

    • But you have to take them home and have the family sleep with them first. Frothy Mix consulted on the bill.

    • Michael Abbett

      Yep. He’s as bad as Santorum, in all the ways that can be taken.

  • Cuberly

    Pence 2.0, I know….surprising right?

    https://twitter.com/IndyThisWeek/status/757987993567256577

  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    I think today’s bigger down ballot election news is that Bernie Sanders is going back to being an Independent.
    All I can say is “thank (insert favored deity) for Super Delegates.

  • Ben in Oakland

    “after Donald Trump tapped him as his vice-presidential running mate…”

    aaaaaaaaaargh!

    And

    EEeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwww!

    • Tap that azz! (Though Trump’s pencil dick would be akin to a mosquito bite!)

      • Ben in Oakland

        Judging by his jowls, his ass would be the size of Texas. So that would make it closer to a mosquito attacking mount Rushmore.

        • perversatile

          ”throwing a hot dog down a hallway”

  • BobSF_94117

    Just became Lt. Gov in March? Suddenly on to the governorship? Sure seems convenient.

  • Octavio

    Does he want to kill al faggots on sight with AR-15s? Does he insist all wimmins need to be barefoot and naked standing in front of a stove? Does he have a plan to make ‘Merikuh a christain nashun? No? Well, he ain’t gonna win, I’ll tell ya that.

    • D. J.

      Now, now, the wimmins are allowed to wear an apron when fryin bacons.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      He wants the wimmins pregnant not naked. He abhors nakedness as being pornograhic.

      • clay

        sweet memories of MO’s AG Asscraft.

  • Michael Rush

    Is it just me or does this guy have McCrory face ?

    • Treant

      It’s the unstylish eyewear.

      • oikos

        I thought it was the inbreeding.

        • Maggie 4NoH8

          It is.

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          Both are likely

    • Prixator

      That’s what too much kissing of “christian” ass makes you look like.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Adult children of the corn.

  • billbear1961

    The “Central Committee,” eh?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T01lxuvw4J0

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Wow, you hit the nail on the head with this selection! The suspense is giving me heartburn. (Or maybe it was the curry I had at lunch!)

  • Ninja0980

    I have a feeling him being tied so closely to Pence could actually hurt him.
    Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

    • AnotherJosh

      Please, dear lard, let it be so!

  • fuzzybits

    You headr it people in Indiana,get out and vote!

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    I hope John doesn’t have a son named Gregg, or Greg.

  • Jim in TO

    This should be interesting as Holcomb has never held elected office and he was only appointed to be the Lieutenant Governor in March of this year.

    • IamM

      He sounds popular. /s

  • Baby Dave

    In Canada, if a party wants to get rid of a bothersome MP, they ‘kick him upstairs’, which is to say, they get the PM to make him eligible for the House of Lords, the upper chamber of the legislature. The Lords don’t have nearly as much power as MP’s do, but it’s an honorific and a lifetime appointment, and a pay raise.

    In America, when the GOP wants to get rid of its single most embarrassing elected official, they nominate him for the Vice Presidency. The Veep has no real power or responsibilities, provided the President is in good health, but its an honorific nobody would decline and a significant pay raise.

    Governor Pence was almost certain to lose to John Gregg. Now that he’s chained to Trump, the Indiana GOP is running a candidate who could actually beat Gregg.

  • If he beat Rokita, this guy is probably a major scumbag. Rokita was the jiz stain on Manson’s underwear kinda awful when I lived there.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Holcomb looks like he could be McCrory’s older brother in that photo.

  • Mark

    Damn! At first look I thought the guy was the long lost half brother of that mentally whacked NC tadpole. There must be a mold. Imagine that: white mold.

  • Bj Lincoln

    Does anyone really think the voters will have a GOP Gov. after the shit Pence put them through? I don’t believe NC will want a bigoted ass for GOV. for a long time either.

    • Michael Abbett

      Never underestimate the stupidity of Indiana voters. Marion County, which is Indianapolis, is blue, and so is Monroe where Indiana University is, and some of the counties up north by the lake. But if you drive out in the country there’s a lot of random Trump signs near cornfields and at the end of long farmhouse driveways. There’s a shit ton of inbred, low-information white racists here who are just DYING to come out and vote for Trump in the rural areas, which is to say most of Indiana, and that will boost the ticket down the line. This has always been big KKK territory. If you click on the Governor tab on this map things looked better, but it’s still going to be a battle. I’m not optimistic.
      http://www.politico.com/2012-election/results/president/indiana/

      • Lindoro Almaviva

        if you are who I think you are, this will make sense. When are we having lunch again?

        • Michael Abbett

          Well, I am not sure I’m who you think I am but I never turn down a lunch, particularly if there are drinks involved.

          • Lindoro Almaviva

            lemme tell you something, apparently you are not the only one with that name in indy and I happen to know the other one. the fact that you mentioned drinks gave it away, as my Michael friend has been sober for over 10 years. that is freaky!!!

          • Michael Abbett

            Sobriety, like celibacy, leaves a lot to be desired. πŸ™‚

      • AnotherJosh

        I’m surprised that I haven’t heard more about the state constitutional anti-gay marriage amendment that they kicked down the road (to 2016, I thought…). With as many bigots as we have, I’m confused why they’re not trying to pass it again (mind you, I know full well that it’d be futile, but futility has never stopped them from hating us before).

  • Oh’behr

    Geez, if I squint, I thought he was Spiro Agnew.

    Spiro Agnew
    39th Vice President of the United States
    Spiro Theodore Agnew was an American politician who served as the 39th Vice President of the United States from 1969 to 1973, under President Richard Nixon

  • Paul

    Holcomb is a product of Daniels moreso than he is of Pence.

    The INGOP, for all intents and purposes, is the Mitch Daniels Party. Daniels still controls it by default, despite his Purdue gig.

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