Pence has a chance to make GOP history

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indiana Republicans are looking for a new leader. Governor Mike Pence will make the selection and he has the opportunity to make history.

That's because the Indiana GOP has never had a woman in the role of state party chair. In speculation over a replacement for Eric Holcomb at least two women are prominently mentioned.

Even Republican insiders have little idea what Mike Pence will do. Pence political advisor Kyle Robertson says the governor "is taking counsel from the (state) Committee and key supporters over the coming days before making his recommendation."

"What people are saying is, hey, is it time for a woman?" says Robert Vane, a former state committee employee. "I think that would be a tremendous choice if he decides to go that way."

Among those being mentioned is Anne Hathaway, a political consultant and former White House aide to Dan Quayle. Another is longtime campaign veteran Jennifer Hallowell, who says she's been getting calls from people who want her to seek the post. 

She's interested but says she's not a candidate.

"I mean I think it would be a great opportunity for anyone," she said. "Again, I think it's the governor's decision."

And then there's Mike Gentry. He oversaw the campaigns that led Republicans to a 69-seat majority in the Indiana House. Someone has created a Mike Gentry for State Chairman page on Facebook as well as a new Twitter page.

All of those people are mainstream Republicans who would likely do little to change the direction of the party. But there are some in the GOP who worry that the governor will choose a person who is more conservative or potentially even a Tea Party-type.

This could become the most scrutinized appointment Mike Pence has made so far.

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