Pence 2016’s Secret Weapon: Pat Quinn
The final days of election season 2014 are here. There’s little doubt the GOP will take back the Senate. How many seats will they see? 51? 52? 54? Frankly, it doesn’t really matter. In many ways, we’ve already jumped focus to the next big thing: 2016.
But not so fast. The heated race next door between Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Republican businessman Bruce Rauner may be key in 2016.
Despite blatant corruption, tax hikes, rampant crime and a faltering economy in Illinois Quinn holds a sizable lead over his opponent. That’s bad news for Illinois, but great news for Indiana. …And Gov. Pence!
Indiana is a state that works. A Midwest success story. We make a business out of stealing Illinois’ business. Undoubtedly, the steady decline of our neighbor has, in part, led to Indiana’s post-recession recovery. Pro-growth policies at home and failed policies next door have caused businesses from all across Illinois to flock to Indiana. Our legislatures couldn’t be happier.
It’s cannibalistic economics at its finest. The further Illinois declines, the better off the great Hoosier state will be.
With private sector job well over 100,000 since Pence took office, he has quite a record to tout. Budget surpluses, steady growth and limited political strife. Not to mention his Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0; track record on immigration, taxes, national defense and abortion; and strong relations with the Koch brothers. As a candidate, Pence is the sort of conservative technocrat who could perform well in the grueling primary process.
A level-headed and conflict-free conservative, Pence is the epitome of everything Hillary is not.
Although he’s still a relative unknown to the average American, he’s gaining greater national acclaim every day. As long as the job numbers continue to be positive in Indiana, he may be one tough cookie to beat.
It’s this simple: If Quinn wins in November, Pence will too. It certainly doesn’t guarantee him the Presidency, but it sure couldn’t hurt. You know he’s interested.