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Gregg speaks at dinner

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Gregg was the featured speaker at the Clay County Democrats' Jefferson-Jackson Dinner Tuesday. [Order this photo]
The Democratic Party met Tuesday evening for the annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, where Indiana gubernatorial candidate John Gregg, Sandburn, Ind., spoke to the audience.

"I'm excited about this upcoming election," Gregg said, who served in the Indiana House of Representatives for 16 years.

Gregg told the audience he has been traveling the state, "seeing record crowds and enthusiasm."

He said his message was simple, and it was all about jobs.

"Any second we spend talking about anything other than jobs is a second wasted," he said. "We're talking about good, middle-class, manufacturing, good paying jobs."

Gregg spoke about his competitor, Republican Mike Pence.

"He voted time and time again to see our good manufacturing jobs shipped overseas," Gregg said. "He knew it would hurt Indiana, and he said that. But he was a free and fair trader. I can tell you as governor of the State of Indiana, I will say we can not afford to ship anymore jobs overseas."

Gregg explained Congress recently had to decide whether to loan money to two American companies over 100 years old -- Chrysler and General Motors -- a decision Gregg said was a "no-brainer," and he would have voted yes.

"The person I'm running against said 'Nope, we're not going to make a loan to the automobile industry, to these American companies; we're not going to invest in American workers.' And he voted no."

Gregg said Indiana has big opportunities in energy and agriculture.

"We're a manufacturing state," he said, explaining that anything built in Indiana should be built for Indiana. "Take advantage of our natural location of logistics. Let's have a good infrastructure system. Let's work together and we can do that, provided our children are educated."

He said he thought it was wrong to blame everything on the public school system and to demean or demoralize the public school teachers.

"We've got such opportunities, but we've said to the public educators, 'We don't want you, you don't know what you're doing.' We've got to give schoolteachers a voice in education."

"We can do all this if we work together, but we've declared war on organized labor; we've declared war on schoolteachers," he said.

Gregg said there has been an attack on women. He said the issue is not about abortion, but instead the issue is about women's health care.

"Federal law prohibits any amount of money going to any organization like Planned Parenthood or any other organization. No federal or state tax dollars can be used for an abortion."

He said that takes away the right for women to be offered birth control, mammograms, cervical exams and cancer screenings.

"It's about women's access to health," Gregg said. "I'm a pro-life Democrat. This is not about abortion; they are denying women access to health care."

Gregg also spoke about fair pay for men and women. He said in Indiana, women make 72 cents for every $1 that a man makes.

"This is also an attack on women," he said.

"When we talk about jobs, look at (my opponent's) record," Gregg said. "There hasn't been one job created."

He finished by saying, "We're going to win this, because we have too much at stake not to."

During the dinner, Gregg passed out bumper stickers with mustaches on them. He explained to the audience that the last time someone with a mustache ran for Indiana governor was in 1908.

"Vote for the guy with the mustache," he said.

In addition, State Representative Terry Goodman spoke for Joe Donnelly, who is running for state senator but could not attend the dinner.

Goodman began by saying, "The people in charge of this state are truly a bunch of kooks. There is no common sense in Indianapolis right now in charge. What they have done in the last two years specifically in the State of Indiana is truly immoral. They have spit in the face, poked in the eye and kicked in the shin every single population in the State of Indiana -- those folks who can't defend themselves."

Goodman said state officials have attacked special needs students, senior citizens and the girl scouts. He quoted Matthew 25:40, which states, "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did for me."

He went on to explain Democrats need to be in each of the official seats including congressman and state senators.

Finally, congressman candidate Dave Crooks' campaign manager spoke on his behalf. He gave a brief background on the candidate and updates on the race. He said most voters Crooks has talked to are concerned about the Medicare guarantee. He also spoke briefly about job funding and education funding, as well as Crooks opponent.

Each candidate attending the dinner had an opportunity to speak at the end of the event after each office holder was honored by applause.

The primary election is Tuesday, May 8.

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Goodman began by saying, "The people in charge of this state are truly a bunch of kooks. There is no common sense in Indianapolis right now in charge. Well said Terry, I enjoyed Speaker Gregg's Hoosier Country boy no non sense way of looking at things. And PAPPY YOU ARE ALWAYS THE BEST!!! Yummy

-- Posted by Combat VET on Tue, Apr 24, 2012, at 11:45 PM

I wish Politicians would get the facts straight in the Planned Parenthood debate. Planned Parenthood does not offer Mammograms. Everyone should at LEAST stick to true facts to defend their positions.

-- Posted by localgal on Wed, Apr 25, 2012, at 9:44 AM

Planned Parenthood is a good organisation that protects a woman's right for good health care. AND SHAME ON THE Susan G KOMAN AND THEIR RUN FROM THE CURE. PINK TO PURPLE Lol you will never get another dollar from me! Stop the war on women!

-- Posted by Combat VET on Wed, Apr 25, 2012, at 11:09 AM

LOL," He said that takes away the right for women to be offered birth control, mammograms, cervical exams and cancer screenings. " Got to a freakin doctor! Dont expect my tax dollars to go towards your birth control, your mammograms, your cervical exams! Its time people quit labeling this a war on women, its a go to a doctor like normal people, and use your insurance or your money. Its not the tax payers responsibility to pay for any of this.

-- Posted by The Crabb in AZ on Fri, Apr 27, 2012, at 11:18 PM

Crabb would you rather we pay for birth control or children? I think birth control would be cheaper.

-- Posted by Partrosie on Sun, Apr 29, 2012, at 11:14 PM

Partrosie, I understand where you're coming from, but we will have irresponsible trash popping out kids wether we give them birth control or not. So it will just result in more money being spent by the tax payer, to a group of people that pay pretty much no taxes. It just makes sense for everyone to pay their own health care. That includes condoms and birth control. This is not a womens rights thing. Thats ridiculous and completely shows the educational level of the people screaming it.

-- Posted by The Crabb in AZ on Mon, Apr 30, 2012, at 12:09 PM

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