FORT WAYNE – On the heels of two election-night defeats related to residency, Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg on Wednesday labeled Republican opponent Mike Pence as a Virginian who is running for office in Indiana and is out of touch with Hoosier voters.
He may meet that legal definition (of residency), Gregg said. Its a question of whether or not theyve gone Washington with them being out there.
Pence was first elected to Congress in 2000 and has had a home in Arlington, Va., since 2002 while serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Gregg released a 30-second campaign video Wednesday that compared Pence to U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar and David McIntosh – two politicos with homes in Virginia who lost in Tuesday nights primary election.
Lugar does not own a home in Indiana, instead staying at hotels when he visits. McIntosh rented a place in Anderson for his congressional run this year.
Gregg also conducted a conference call on the topic Wednesday, questioning why Pence wont give a straight answer on how he is dividing his time between Indiana and Virginia.
Pence and his wife own a home in Virginia, where his younger kids go to school. His oldest is at Purdue University. That house, according to property records, is valued at more than $600,000. Virginia does not have homestead exemptions on property.
The couple also owns a home in Pences hometown of Columbus that is valued at $140,000. It has a homestead exemption for property tax purposes. Both houses are upper-middle-class brick homes.
In a recent interview with The Journal Gazette, Pence declined to specify how much time he is spending in Indiana campaigning compared with time he spends in Washington, D.C., on congressional duties.
I think its very clear that Mikes an Indiana resident, said Christy Denault, spokesman for the Pence campaign, noting that Pence and his wife vote in Indiana.