Indiana governor, Mike Pence, might be a long shot candidate for the presidency as of 2014, but with the Koch brothers support he is sure to make a big splash in the 2016 presidential election.
Mike Pence attended a recent off-the-record New York dinner party that was hosted by the conservative magazine “The American Spectator”. Pence was seated with David Koch. Koch’s family foundation is one of the largest donors to The American Spectator, which operates as a 501(c) 3 non-profit. Other people seated at the table included Conservative anti- tax czar, Grover Norquist and Thomas Lehrman, the co-founder of the Gerson Lehrman Group and a former George W. Bush administration appointee.
Pence has been shoring up his Conservative credentials by canning the Common Core in Indiana and giving Reagan-like speeches where he espouses the virtues of Conservatism.
“We must demand that renewed Republican leadership… permanently reduce the size and scope of the federal government by restoring to the states and to the people those resources and responsibilities that are rightfully theirs under the Constitution of the United States,” he stated recently.
Pence stated firmly his feelings on big government, “It’s impossible to read the Constitution of the United States without understanding it as a document of a limited federal government that contemplates that there would be those responsibilities and resources—and those functions of government—many of which would be best administered at the state level.” He specifically cited education, welfare and transportation as the areas to cut federal spending.
It seems as the Koch Brothers my have found their man in Pence. Recently, Matt Lloyd, a longtime spokesman for Pence during his time in Congress, was recently hired by Koch Industries as their communications director in Washington. The Kochs gave Pence $200,000 for his 2012 governor’s race, and the Koch-backed Americans For Prosperity fought Indiana House Republicans last year when Pence’s proposed income tax cut ran into opposition.
Being a neighbor governor, Iowans will give Mike Pence a long look, but if he brings the kind of negative, big money advertising from 501’s that come with the Koch Brothers candidates, he will find it hard to win the the hearts of the down-to-earth Iowans or the 2016 Iowa Caucus.