Greg Pence Gives Rare Interview With Reporters After Winning Congressional Seat
COLUMBUS, Ind. -- You may have wondered why you haven't heard much from Greg Pence, who has just been elected to serve Indiana's 6th congressional district.
He had been the odds-on favorite to beat his Democrat opponent Jeannine Lake in the mid-term election. According to the Indiana Secretary of State’s office Wednesday morning, Pence won 64 percent to Lake’s 33 percent with 83 percent of the state’s precincts reporting.
"When you're winning, why screw it up by talking? He's in a very heavy Republican district, he was the early favorite, so why mess it up by talking?" says 93 WIBC's Abdul Hakim-Shabazz, who adds that Pence had nothing to gain by misspeaking or giving any potential "bulletin board material" to his opponents.
Pence, who will take the seat once held by his older brother Vice President Mike Pence, gave an interview with reporters, including Network Indiana affiliate WCSI, following Tuesday's election on his goals for serving his district.
Pence on how he plans to communicate regularly with his constituents:
"Immediately, I've got to focus on setting up good constituent services. That's just a big deal to me. How long will that take me? I will literally begin putting together a team tomorrow."
Pence on improving the roads, bridges and infrastructure in his district:
"We want to have a new port down by Lawrenceburg and Aurora. High-speed Internet is really critical to these smaller communities to get more industry and business back there."
Pence on how his business background will help him in Washington:
"People need to figure out how to get something done to move the ball forward. I think my age, experience and background [will help me] be much more willing than maybe some of those professional politicians who just want to draw lines in the sand."
Pence's district will serve the communities of Columbus, Greenfield, New Castle and Muncie.
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