Column: Pence faces leadership challenge; others offer conflicting counsel



Only three months into his term, Gov. Mike Pence has taken a beating for failing to lead. Opinion writers, Democrats, even fellow Republicans, have offered all manner of conflicting counsel.

His legislative leaders have balked at his proposed 10 percent income tax cut, which should have been a shoo-in with Republicans in charge of both chambers. They say it’s not prudent to cut taxes when the economy’s still fragile.

When Pence has waffled or deferred to lawmakers on other issues — mass transit, arming school officers, the Common Core — he’s been described as weak.

“Pence has been virtually silent, almost rudderless, in his first three months,” the Journal and Courier of Lafayette said. An Indianapolis newspaper called on Pence to be “bolder, faster” and “break out of the cautionary stance that he’s taken for the first three months of his term.”

 

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