INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
Democratic gubernatorial nominee John Gregg told party faithful at their
state convention that Republican Gov. Mike Pence has had his chance and
Indiana “cannot stand” to have him as governor for four more years.
The former House
Speaker made the remarks in Indianapolis Saturday before about 2,000
delegates who attended the Democratic Party’s state convention, according to
the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.
Gregg is facing an
expected fierce rematch against Pence, who narrowly beat him in 2012.
“He’s had his
chance. We cannot stand him for four more years,” Gregg said.
Pence signed a
religious objections law in March 2015 that critics argued would allow
businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians for religious reasons.
tweaked that law after groups threatened to boycott the state.
convention, delegates formally nominated state Rep. Christina Hale for
lieutenant governor, incumbent Glenda Ritz for superintendent of public
instruction and former Lake County judge Lorenzo Arredondo for attorney
Hale referred to
the religious objections law in her speech, telling the delegates Pence has
a “compulsion to tell people who to love, what to do with their bodies and
where to go to the bathroom.”
Gregg, who is from
southwestern Indiana, announced last month that he had selected Hale, an
Indianapolis lawmaker, as his running mate.
Since 2004, both
Republicans and Democrats have included male and female candidates together
on their gubernatorial tickets.
But Pence bucked
that trend in March when he appointed Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb to finish the
term of Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, his 2012 running mate. She resigned
earlier this year to pursue the presidency of Ivy Tech Community College.
trustees chose her for that post on May 18.
Former U.S. Rep.
Baron Hill, the party’s candidate for U.S. Senate also addresses Saturday’s
convention, among others.
Republican Party held their state convention earlier this month.