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Bauer says he won't resign, urges Democratic unity

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) House Minority Leader Patrick Bauer says he won't resign and believes Democrats will be making a mistake if they try to oust him before the November election.

Bauer held a Statehouse news conference Wednesday amid reports his caucus would meet Thursday in Lafayette to vote to remove him as its leader.

The South Bend lawmaker has led House Democrats for a decade and spent most of that time as speaker. But bruising losses in 2010 gave Republicans a 60-40 majority in the House and control of redistricting, and Democrats unhappy over how Bauer is handling campaign fundraising and spending fear losing more ground.

Bauer acknowledges the frustration of being in the minority but says many of the attacks on him are personal. He says now is a time for unity.

 

Posted 7/25/2012