Political Notebook


Gregg misfires on Pence fundraisers

Democrat John Gregg went on the offensive Wednesday – accusing Republican Mike Pence of missing congressional votes to attend political fundraisers.

It was the latest salvo in the race for governor, following recent stories about Pence missing 86 percent of his committee votes this year.

At that time, the Pence campaign said he has not missed committee meetings for fundraisers.

As a result, a release from Gregg on Wednesday said Pence skipped votes to raise money for his campaign on at least two occasions.

"Congressman Pence has shown that we cannot take him at his word," said Daniel Altman, communications director for the Gregg campaign.

The problem is the votes were not at the same time as the fundraisers.

One fundraiser was an 8:30 a.m. D.C. breakfast in March 2011. Later on that day – at 3:30 p.m. - Pence missed a floor vote on a resolution to bring the troops in Afghanistan home. And he missed a vote a few minutes earlier on another topic.

Another example was an evening yacht fundraiser in D.C. running from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in June 2009. He missed a procedural vote at around noon earlier in the day.

In the end the only thing the Gregg campaign proved was that Pence missed votes on the day of fundraisers that were at completely different times.

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