Pence's moves against Ritz could backfire on him

2013-10-10T00:00:00Z Pence's moves against Ritz could backfire on him nwitimes.com
October 10, 2013 12:00 am

The ghost of the besmirched Tony Bennett has returned. Daniel Elsener, a close ally of the Republican former state Superintendent of Public Instruction Bennett, has been appointed by Gov. Mike Pence to override the newly elected Glenda Ritz at the Indiana Department of Education.

Pence has created a brand new state agency called the Center for Education and Career Innovation to be headed by Elsener. (Read duplicate tax spending.) Elsener's new agency is set up to thwart Ritz's work, as noted in Dan Carden's previous reporting.

This political move severely overrides the duly elected Glenda Ritz's given responsibilities.

Could it be that come the next election, Ritz decides to run for governor against Pence? Sound far-fetched? Consider that in the last November 2012 election Ritz received 1,332,755 votes and Pence received 1,268,076. That is stunning.

Maybe come the next election Pence's heavy handedness will sneak up and bite him in the behind.

- John Anderson, Kouts

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