By Derreck Stahly
FRANKLIN, Ind. — Supporters of John Gregg for governor received a sweet treat Tuesday. Roscoe’s Tacos gave everyone who showed up to meet with the Democratic candidate a free Cowboy Cookie which they could enjoy while talking to Gregg.
However, Gregg was all business at the campaign stop as he shook hands, posed for pictures and met with voters as he made his way through the restaurant crowded with dozens of voters.
John Gregg and a voter enjoying a laugh during a campaign stop at Roscoe’s Tacos in Franklin Tuesday. Photo by Derreck Stahly, TheStatehouseFile.com
“He didn’t order any food, but I did give him a cookie that he put in his pocket,” said Roscoe Townsend, the face and the name behind Roscoe’s Tacos.
Gregg is currently on a statewide bus tour. The eight-day trip is stopping in 54 communities. Gregg said he wanted to visit Franklin because of the moderate and independent thinking Republicans that he can discuss and contrast his qualifications with that of his opponents, Republican Eric Holcomb and Libertarian Rex Bell.
Gregg said people are tired of Democrats and Republicans constantly butting heads and he wants to remind people that he can work across the aisle with Republicans, who hold the majority in state legislature.
“I am the only person that’s running for governor that won a national award that I shared with Brian Bosma, he’s the current Republican speaker of the House, and we won 16 years ago for bipartisan cooperation,” Gregg said.
Holcomb’s campaign argues differently. In a statement, Holcomb’s Communications Director Pete Seat said Gregg has supported irresponsible policies for a long time.
John Gregg talking with Roscoe Townsend, the creator of Roscoe’s Tacos. photo by Derreck Stahly, TheStatehouseFile.com
“Gregg will take us back to the days of debt and dysfunction and Lt. Governor Holcomb will continue Indiana’s forward momentum well into the future,” Seat said.
Tuesday at Roscoe’s Tacos, however, Phil Brutsche, a retiree and a Gregg supporter, was very eager to meet with the candidate. Brutsche said he feels that when Gregg speaks he is speaking directly to him.
“I’m ready for a change,” Brutsche said.
Voters throughout Indiana will have a chance to meet and talk with Gregg as the tour travels around the state before ending with a rally at 6 p.m. Saturday at City Market in Indianapolis.
Derreck Stahly is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a website powered by Franklin College journalism students.