According to GovTrack, Rep. Mike Pence just celebrated his 11th year in Congress, in which time he has sponsored 63 bills and been successful in getting exactly none of them passed; and only gotten three of them out of committee. This is an incredible record of futility. One might conclude that big talk and controversial, unworkable legislation hold much more interest for Rep. Pence than the actual drudgery of governance. That’s not really a big deal when you are lumped in with 434 other people (534 others if you count the Senate), some of whom do have an interest in crafting legislation that keeps the country going.
But, when you’re seeking to be the chief executive of the state, that’s a problem. I don’t know anything about Jim Wallace, and the first thing that jumps out at me is that he seems to have served a stint with Mitt Romney’s Bain and Company. That said, it looks like he’s actually done some stuff; which might be a good quality in someone who wants to be governor of Indiana.
What did Rep. Pence do before Congress? Looks like he had some sort of talk show and worked with the conservative think tank, “The Indiana Policy Review.” Did he have a normal job somewhere in the 80s; between 81 and 83 which I think is the gap between college and law school – between 86 and 90 which I think is the gap between law school and being a professional conservative with the Indiana Policy Review.
I know Rep. Pence is good at saying the kinds of things conservatives like to hear, but I hope the state Republicans give some thought to nominating someone who can function in a somewhat normal capacity outside of the conservative media complex.