Rise & Shine: McCormick stands by potential Holcomb challenger

Good morning,

When Republican State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick joined Democrat Sen. Eddie Melton on his listening tour this summer, it sparked rumors that she was vying to become his running mate.

That didn’t happen on Tuesday night, when Melton officially announced his run for the Democratic nomination for Indiana governor. But McCormick was there. She introduced Melton.

It was a show of bipartisanship, but also of the strained relationship between McCormick and Holcomb’s administration, a relationship she previously described as “toxic.”

Read on for the full story.

— Emma Kate Fittes, reporter

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