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Pence's chief of staff leaving Statehouse post

Associated Press
April 9, 2014
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One of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's closest confidants is leaving the Statehouse to start a political consulting firm.

Bill Smith announced Wednesday he was leaving his job as Pence's chief of staff after 16 months effective May 9. Smith has been a top aide to Pence since the Republican was first elected to Congress in 2000.

Pence called Smith's contributions to his administration "incalculable" and thanked him for his service. While Smith's formal work with the governor's office is ending, he is expected to continue as a political adviser.

The governor's office said Smith is "departing the administration to form a public affairs and strategic communications firm, which is anticipated to work with the Governor’s campaign and other clients."

Pence's supporters have mentioned him as a possible White House contender in 2016. But Pence has been mum on his future plans, saying only that he's dedicated to his current job. If Pence does run, Smith would play a key role.

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  • Has comtempt
    ChasMan: Thanks - Pence seems to have real contempt for poorer Indiana citizens and cuts, slashes and criticizes any program designed to help these people. He's a real piece of work and not the Governor over ALL Hoosiers, only a select few.
  • Oh good grief II
    Susan, you've nailed it completely on Pence's complete failure as presidential material and his seeming inability to smile ever. He's not all that when it comes to gubernatorial material either...
    • Which Mike Pence?
      The one who ran for office as a conservative, or the one who is getting out-of-state political strategy based on not taking a firm stand on any issue seen as even a tiny bit controversial? It seems to be the method utilized by a number of these 'b' list pols angling for a bigger role.
    • Oh good grief
      I'll bet this aide will head the Mike Pence for President office. Mike Pence is not Presidential material. Does the man EVER smile?

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