Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's Democratic opponent from 2012 said Tuesday that Pence's decision to sign a controversial religious freedom bill has "heightened" his interest in challenging Pence again in 2016.
"I was considering it, and this has only heightened my consideration of it," Democrat John Gregg, the mustachioed former state House speaker, told National Journal.
Gregg lost to Pence by just over three percentage points in 2012.
Pence has been at the center of growing controversy since last week, when he signed off on the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which opponents fear could legalize discrimination against gays and lesbians. During a press conference Tuesday, Pence called on the state legislature to pass a fix by the end of this week that clearly establishes that the bill does not allow for discrimination, but the damage may already have been done. The measure attracted national attention and prompted potential 2016 presidential candidates to weigh in.
Gregg said he'd been busy fielding calls over the past few days from people encouraging him to challenge Pence, including members of Indiana's business community who have vocally opposed the religious freedom bill from its inception.