Politics
5:36 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Indiana's Bauer Faces Ouster As House Minority Leader

Information for this story also came from Brandon Smith, Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana House Minority Leader Patrick Bauer says he won't resign from his leadership post and believes his fellow Democrats will be making a mistake if they try to oust him before the November election.

Bauer held a Statehouse news conference Wednesday amid reports his caucus would meet Thursday in Lafayette to vote to remove him as its leader.

"I don’t think a no confidence vote at this time would be a true test of what I’m doing or we’re going," he said.

Bauer has led House Democrats for a decade and spent most of that time as speaker. But bruising losses in 2010 gave Republicans a 60-40 majority in the House and control of redistricting, and Democrats unhappy over how Bauer is handling campaign fundraising and spending fear losing more ground.

Bauer acknowledges the frustration of being in the minority but says many of the attacks on him are personal. He says now is a time for unity.