Tuesday, May 23, 2006

We've Got a Live One!

Yesterday, the FIN had a post about the Indiana Democrats announcing that Joseph R. Pearson will be their candidate for Secretary of State against incumbent Todd Rokita. Now that we’ve had a little time to reflect on the new developments, we’ve got some additional comments.

Apparently Mr. Pearson is a former Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture under Governor O’Bannon and later Kernan. He’s also a former president of the School Boards Association and served on the Blackford County School Board.

Now I don’t want to be a naysayer but I’m a little confused. I don’t know Mr. Pearson or anyone that does know him, but he doesn’t sound like a bad guy. However, I’m not really sure how any of this qualifies him to be Secretary of State.

The Secretary of State has two main responsibilities: administering elections and regulation of the securities industry.

Mr. Pearson sounds like he’d be good at all sorts of things but I’m thinking he lacks the experience in both election procedures and securities law. And since that’s what the office he’s running for focuses on, the Democrats probably should have thought a little harder about placing him on this position on the ballot.

But like Dan Parker said, Pearson was “the best fit for what we needed." He has a heartbeat.


At 12:20 PM, Anonymous Jake said...

What, they couldn't convince Hogsett to run for another random office?

The Dems always ruing their "bench" by making them run for things they can't possibly win. Then they turn into "the guy that lost last time."

At 3:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I'm a little confused why they are running this guy for Secretary of State.

He seems like he's got experience in anything related to agriculture but the Secretary of State's office really is an odd fit.


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