While Mike Pence has become the latest target of residency questions, one political analyst believes he will survive it.
The question of where a candidate lives and whether he/she has lost touch with constituents has been popping up in key races this election year. David McIntosh and Senator Dick Lugar lost their respective primary races amidst residency questions. Now, Democrats are shifting their focus to Republican Gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence, but he isn't backing away from questions.
"I'm a lifelong Hoosier," said Pence during a campaign event, Monday. "I understand that questions have been raised this spring. We'll happily answer them. And I'm very confident when people look at our record, when people look at our priorities, they're gonna see a lifelong Hoosier who has a passion for taking this state to the next level."
Democrats complain Pence has lost touch with Hoosiers, because he moved his family to Virginia. Pence explained his decision to Fox 59.
"Our home is in Columbus, Indiana and always has been. We did get a house in the Washington D.C. area so that our kids and my family could be close to me while I served Indiana in our nation's capital," he said.
Political analyst Brian Vargus believes Pence will survive the questions, because he is different from Lugar and McIntosh.
"He said from the very beginning, he was going to move his family to Washington, because his children were small at that time," explained Vargus. "Secondly, he's made most of his name by actions in Congress and by being leader of conservatives causes in the Congress of the United States."
Vargus added that Democrats are making noise, because they need an issue. He believes once it dies down, the party will shift its focus to Pence's conservative stance on social issues.