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February 01, 2012
A packed house welcomed John Gregg, Democrat candidate for governor, at the Crawford County 4-H Community Park south of Marengo on Saturday afternoon.

Gregg — introduced by State Sen. Richard Young, D-Milltown, and former State Rep. Dennie Oxley II, who, with Crawford County Democrat Party chair Jerry Brewer, hosted the fundraiser — rallied the crowd and was awarded with energetic applause and whistles throughout his speech.

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John Gregg, a candidate in the Democratic Primary Election for governor, speaks with supporters during an event Saturday at the Crawford County 4-H Community Park south of Marengo. Photo by Lee Cable
"I'm from a little Southern Indiana town called Sandborn, in Knox County. The town has a population of 350, and 340 of them are related to me," Gregg, who served as House Speaker in Indianapolis for six years and was first elected to office in 1986, told the crowd.

The crowd, many of whom were union workers who have been fighting the "right-to-work" legislation, responded approvingly as Gregg talked about jobs in Indiana.

"We need good union jobs," he said, "not low-paying jobs. Low wages affect everyone. Let's face it, if people make more, they spend more. And that helps Hoosier businesses.

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Indiana Ninth District Congressman, R-Bloomington, right, greets Crawford County Republican Party chair Patricia Ramsey Friday morning at the Crawford County Judicial Complex in English. Also present to greet Young, who was visiting courthouses throughout the Ninth District to file for re-election, was Crawford County District 1 Commissioner Daniel Crecelius, left, and other supporters.
"If anyone here gets overtime after 40 hours, or have workers comp or a pension, you can thank organized labor and the Democrat Party. The Republicans talk about trickle-down, but American workers have been trickled on. The Republicans have demonized public education and demoralized teachers. And they don't address the fact that 40 percent of our students qualify for free breakfast at school. That says something."

Gregg told the audience that, if elected, he'd be the first governor with a mustache in 104 years.

"I'm a gun-toting, Bible-quoting Democrat," he said. "And when I was House Speaker, we passed things all the time with Republicans. We listened to them. That needs to work both ways; and now, it isn't.

"There's so much more we could be doing now to create jobs. Over 60 percent of our bridges need to be replaced in the next 20 years. We need road improvements. Those things create jobs. There are no Democrat potholes or Republican potholes, just potholes. And they need to be repaired.

"There are many Republicans out there who do not agree with Tea Party control. Those people will vote for me if we talk to them. So, let's get to work."

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