Pence Is The 800 Pound Gorilla In Governor Race: Steve Shine

By Scott Sarvay
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May 5, 2011 Updated May 5, 2011 at 5:22 PM EDT

INDIANA (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - A popular Indiana congressman confirms he wants to trade Washington for the governor's mansion.

6th District Congressman Mike Pence Thursday removed all doubt; he's running for governor in 2012.

The bigger surprise was in how Pence let everybody know of his intentions.

Normally, a politician in such a case books an airplane and flies around the state, announcing his future plans with big fanfare.

Instead, Pence released a two-minute "YouTube" video, revealing the launch of his gubernatorial campaign.

Around 10 a.m., Allen County GOP Chairman Steve Shine was one of about 400 people invited to listen in to a conference call, where Pence ended the poorly kept secret.

Pence hinted this is about finishing off a good work in progress, saying our state is on the edge of an unprecedented period of growth and opportunity.

Mike Pence/(R) IN Gubernatorial Candidate: " Under the capable leadership of Governor Mitch Daniels, Indiana has set the pace in fiscal responsibility, job creation and reform. But our work is not over. While a formal campaign kickoff will come later, I wanted you to be the first to know that I'm in this race. We think now is the time to move forward."

The Indiana Democratic Party responded with a written statement from its chairman Dan Parker, who said, in part, Pence is a proud partisan, “…and that's the kind of attitude that makes it impossible to get things done. A vitriolic critic with a megaphone does not a quality executive make, and he'd bring everything that's wrong with Washington back to Indiana."

Pence says his official campaign kickoff will come in his hometown of Columbus on June 11th.

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