Rep. Mike Pence, who spoke Monday at the Americans for Prosperity rally, will set off a race for his seat if he seeks higher office in 2012.
“I wouldn’t rule out running against Dan if he runs again,” Messer said in an interview Friday.
Messer worked for Burton and McIntosh on subcommittees in the House and lost to Pence in the 2000 Republican primary. From there he led the Indiana Republican Party and in 2003 was appointed to the state Legislature. He served as Indiana co-chairman for the 2008 presidential bid of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). These days he works as executive director of Hoosiers for Economic Growth. He said he will focus on education reform issues for the next four to six months.
By that time, Pence should have made an announcement about his intentions, new maps should be in their finishing stages and what may turn into a competitive primary will be well under way.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.