By BRIAN A. HOWEY
INDIANAPOLIS - Three days after Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb nominated Gov. Mike Pence for vice president, the governor has sent a letter to Indiana Republican Central Committee members endorsing his LG. Holcomb also picked up endorsements from U.S. Sen. Dan Coats and Republican National Committeewoman Marsha Coats, as well as from Senate President Pro Tempore David Long.
“As I prayerfully considered the group offering themselves to succeed me, I concluded that I made my choice several months ago,” Pence wrote. “When selecting my lieutenant governor in March, the primary factor was who would be able to best serve the State of Indiana in the event I could no longer perform my duties as governor. As I concluded before, there is no better individual to lead our state than Eric Holcomb.”
Pence continued, “When I asked Eric to take on this vitally important constitutional role, once again he answered the call. I’ve known Eric Holcomb for more than 20 years, and I believe he is one of the best prepared individuals in recent memory to take on the job of Governor. His range of service to our state and our nation makes him uniquely qualified to fill this role.”
Sen. and Mrs. Coats said, “We are excited to support Eric Holcomb and know he will make a great Governor.” Long added, “I'm announcing my support for Eric Holcomb to be our party's candidate for governor in November. Fortunately, Indiana Republicans have a deep bench of qualified candidates, including all of the individuals who have put their name forward for consideration. While I admire all of the candidates, I believe Eric is the right person to continue leading our state into the future.
The Pence letter was released to Howey Politics Indiana after multiple sources said they believed that U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks had picked up momentum in the race that evolved at the Hilton Gardens Hotel in Cleveland and at the Republican National Convention in what is a speculative and rapidly evolving race to win the nomination to face Democrat John Gregg. U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita and State Sen. Jim Tomes are also seeking the unprecedented nomination made for the first time in the state’s 200 year history by a party central committee. The caucus is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday.