CNHI Statehouse Bureau
---- — On a shelf in the home office of Gov. Mike Pence are some cowboy spurs and an old pair of riding boots -- signs of how the first-term executive and his family relax in their spare time.
Last summer, one of Pence's daughters cleaned stalls in a horse barn at a state park, performing a humbling but needed public service.
Pence is a rider of motorcycles, too, evidenced by the helmet that also rests on a shelf in his office at the official Governor's Residence, a lovely 1928 Tudor-style house that he and first lady Karen Pence routinely open for public tours.
Also on those office shelves: Rows and rows of books, including spy thrillers by novelist Tom Clancy and Lewis Lehrman's "Lincoln at Peoria," a scholarly look at a lesser-known Lincoln speech that marked the then-candidate's re-entry into national politics.
Since taking office early last year, Pence has been criticized by the media as too scripted. His reliance on talking points frustrates a Statehouse press corps demanding deeper answers. More than one verbal skirmish has broken out in his Statehouse office.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.