Ex-Ind. Speaker Gregg weighs 2012 governor's race

By: Associated Press, NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: Associated Press, NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
Former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg tells a newspaper he

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Former Indiana House Speaker John Gregg tells a newspaper he's giving "serious thought" to running for governor next year.

The 56-year-old attorney in southwestern Indiana's Knox County tells the Terre Haute Tribune Star in a voice mail message Monday that he hasn't decided yet whether to pursue the Democratic Party's nomination for governor but he's weighing the pros and cons of entering the race.

Gregg says one big consideration is his family. He has a son at Butler University in Indiana and another who will be a senior in high school next year.

Gregg was a state representative from 1986 to 2002 and speaker from 1996 to 2002.

Local Congressman Joe Donnelly has also been a name mentioned for the Democratic nomination. He has yet to announce any decision.

Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel and former Governor Evan Bayh have both ruled themselves out of the race for the Democratic nomination.

Congressman Mike Pence is said to be considering a run on the Republican ticket. He plans to make an announcement in the coming months after hearing feedback from Hoosiers across the state.

Current Republican Governor Mitch Daniels can't run for re-election because of term limits. His name's been thrown around as a possible presidential candidate in 2012.

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