Indiana Democrats Question Ellspermann’s 2008 Primary Vote

by Phillip M. Bailey on May 21, 2012

The Indiana Democratic Party is taking an early swing at state Rep. Sue Ellspermann, R-Ferdinand, who was picked as Congressman Mike Pence’s running mate on Monday.

In 2010, Ellspermann’s candidacy for her state House seat was challenged after she incorrectly claimed to have voted in the 2008 GOP primary. Ellspermann later admit she voted in the Democratic primary between President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as an attempt to sway the outcome.

“I’d like to welcome Sue Ellspermann to the campaign,” Indiana Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker said in a news release. “She does have one question to answer, though. When Sue Ellspermann voted in the 2008 Democratic primary, did she vote for Secretary Clinton or President Obama?”

In a telephone interview, WFPL asked Pence about the mild controversy and he stressed his running mate’s career in engineering and management.

“Look, we’ll have lots of time to talk about my life and her life in the months ahead,” he says. “What I’m most focused on is that I think Sue Ellspermann has the character, the intellect and the background to help us make job creation, job one in Indiana.”

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