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Former speaker Gregg to run for Indiana governor

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As expected, former Democratic Indiana House Speaker John Gregg plans to run for governor.

Public relations consultant Steve Campbell, who is working with Gregg, said Gregg will file to form an exploratory committee Monday and plans an official campaign kickoff later. Gregg called all 92 county chairmen over the weekend to tell them he's running.

Campbell says Gregg has spent months traveling Indiana and talking to voters, and the exploratory committee is the next logical step.

Gregg is known for his vibrant personality and quick wit. Many Democrats believe he's the party's best hope for a shot at claiming the governor's office in 2012.

He will likely face Republican front-runner U.S. Rep. Mike Pence, who announced earlier this month that he would run.

Gregg is a partner at Indianapolis law firm Bingham McHale.

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  • See how partisan politics games are played?
    The Republican Party is heading down the wrong path in elevating Mike Pence as its standard-bearer. The elite conservative only impresses political insiders and the FOX News Channel. And he's certainly no Bush or Daniels...the last Republicans to win statewide/governorship. Gregg didn't need the Republicans' help to win, but a Pence candidacy makes 2012 an easy Democrat victory. And this sinks any hope [fill in the republcian of choice] had of winning Indiana again (assuming Obama will be the Democrat nominee and 2012 president-elect).
  • Gregg is No Obama/O'Bannon
    The Democratic Party is heading down the wrong path in elevating Gregg as its standard-bearer. The folksy Southern only impresses political insiders and the media. And he's certainly no Obama or O'Bannon...the last Democrats to win statewide/governorship. Mike Pence didn't need the Democrats' help to win, but a Gregg candidacy makes 2012 an easy Republican victory. And this sinks any hope Obama had of winning Indiana again (assuming Daniels won't be the Republican nominee).
  • Note to Steve Campbell
    While it might be politically astute of Democrats to put up an anti-abortion candidate, Mr. Gregg needs to provide a clear case that he's a real choice for moderates who are uncomfortable with Indiana's Republicans and their recent social conservative activism.

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