Gov Pence closes office for staff retreat
By Lindsay Wenning
INDIANAPOLIS— Gov. Mike Pence shut and locked the doors to his office for the first time in his term on Friday.
A sign on the door of the governor’s office Friday says the office is closed for a staff meeting. Photo by Megan Banta, TheStatehouseFile.com
Christy Denault, the governor’s communication director, sent an email to reporters saying that the governor, lieutenant governor and most of the executive staff had left to go to a previously scheduled planning session. She did not disclose the location for the meeting or the agenda.
At least one Statehouse veteran said having the governor’s office shut down for a day was a new phenomenon.
“In my years here I have never seen the governor’s office shut down like this before,” said John Schorg, who has worked in the media office for Democrats in the Indiana House of Representatives since 1989.
Ed Feigenbaum, publisher of Indiana Legislative Insight, said that he couldn’t remember a time when a governor had closed his office like this, either.
Feigenbaum added, though, that he doesn’t think Hoosiers should be concerned about the office closing. He said that “not a lot is going on at the Statehouse,” and as a new staff, the governor’s team needs to meet like this.
Lindsay Wenning is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.