INDIANAPOLIS | Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Pence skipped a majority of House Judiciary Committee votes in 2011 and 2012 while he's been running for governor of Indiana.
Democrat John Gregg's campaign released data Thursday showing Pence missed 63 percent of committee votes in 2011 and 86 percent of committee votes so far this year, including at least 12 votes to restrict abortion — a key issue for Pence.
"Hoosier families get up and go to work rain or shine and it's been tough times; they deserve a congressman who does the same thing," said Daniel Altman, Gregg's spokesman. "The least he could do is show up for work."
Pence spokeswoman Christy Denault did not return requests for comment. She previously told an Evansville newspaper that Pence has participated in 95 percent of full House votes.
Altman said Pence owes Hoosiers an apology for repeatedly ditching work, including on June 3, 2011, when Pence extolled the value of "an honest day's work for an honest day's pay" at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Conference while skipping seven committee votes on adding a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.