Mike Pence Stomps John Gregg In First Quarter Fundraising Totals
John Gregg has already lost. At least, if total dollars raised count for anything, which, in modern times, is indisputably the case.
The Mike Pence Campaign Committee has released their fundraising figures for the quarter which just concluded at the end of June. In a mere 8 weeks, Mike Pence has taken in a haul of $1.6 million. Perhaps it’s unseemly to crow a little, but permit the indulgence. If we spell it out in standard Arabic numerals, this is how it reads: $1,600,000.
Pence’s likely opponent, former Indiana State House Speaker John Gregg, managed to raise $717,000. Note the presence of one less digit in Gregg’s concluding figure. A little simple math also provides us with the following conclusion: Mike Pence outraised John Gregg by far more than 2 to 1. It wasn’t even particularly close; Gregg’s dollar amount ranks at slightly below 45% of Pence’s total haul.
The Mike Pence Campaign Committee’s Kyle Robertson issued the following statement:
“We are grateful for the outpouring of support from across Indiana and believe these numbers show real enthusiasm for Mike Pence’s vision for building an even better Indiana on good jobs, great schools, safe streets and strong families. These numbers provide further evidence that we will have the resources we will need to win this election.”
The John Gregg campaign had no official comment on their fundraising total. One is forced to speculate on whether that might constitute what is known as the better part of wisdom. An anemic showing such as this hardly amounts to the supportive sendoff Gregg would have needed in order to prove his chops as a bona fide contender.
The Indiana Governor’s race is not over. In fact, it has barely commenced. But John Gregg will have to infuse his campaign with a massive adrenaline boost in order to move from the limp status quo to even a leisurely sprint, not to mention a full-throttle run for the finish. However, with a deeply unpopular President in the White House and the residual memory of Hoosier voters of the malaise of previous Democrat governance here in Indiana, where can Gregg turn for the impetus he sorely needs?