Political Notebook

  • GOP treasurer candidate leaving state post
    Republican State Treasurer candidate Kelly Mitchell is leaving her position Friday as director of TrustINdiana in order to focus more time on her campaign.
  • GOP finds Bayh, Hogsett, unrecognizable
    Indiana Republicans recently sent their intern out to have a little fun with the possible candidacies of Democrats Joe Hogsett for Indianapolis mayor and Evan Bayh for governor.
  • Hamilton honored by ex-Congress group
    Lee Hamilton recently received the 2014 Distinguished Service Award of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress.
Advertisement

Espich standing by his (new) man

Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma still thinks of former colleague Jeff Espich as a dear friend -- but that doesn't mean he can't get a good dig in.

At a legislative conference Thursday, Bosma poked at Espich -- the longtime House member and Ways and Means chairman who decided not to run for re-election -- when discussing Gov.-elect Mike Pence's proposal to cut Indiana's income tax.

Espich initially expressed caution about the idea when still a legislator, but now that he is working as a legislative adviser for Pence was recently quoted as being on board.

"One of the chief opponents of that happens to now be working for the administration," Bosma said. "He seems to have changed his mind during the time period from when he was advising me to when he was advising Gov.-elect Pence, so that will be interesting for me personally to see where Jeff Espich shakes out on this."

To contact Niki Kelly email her at nkelly@jg.net or follow her on Twitter @nkellyatJG.

Advertisement