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Volunteer in Nisly's Indiana House bid had faced recall in 2012 as Wisconsin state senator

Pam Galloway stepped down, as a recall election loomed, because of health issues among family members.

Posted on Jan. 31, 2014 at 4:45 p.m.

Friday Jan. 31, 2014

Republican Indiana House hopeful Curt Nisly is getting assistance in his campaign from a former Wisconsin state lawmaker who had faced a recall election, Pam Galloway.

Galloway, now based in Warsaw, was elected in 2010 as state senator in Wisconsin. She stepped down March 17, 2012, as she faced the recall vote, citing health issues among family members, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper. (That's Nisly, in the photo to the right.)

"My family has experienced multiple, sudden and serious health issues, which require my full attention. Unfortunately, this situation is not compatible with fulfilling my obligations as state Senator or running for re-election at this time," Galloway said at the time.

I learned of Galloway's involvement in Nisly's campaign when Nisly — who lives south of Goshen — sent out his first press release on Jan. 18, announcing he would challenge Rep. Rebecca Kubacki, also a GOPer, for the District 22 seat she holds. Galloway is listed as Nisly's media contact.

I asked her about it, and Galloway said she moved to Warsaw to be closer to in-laws and family, in South Bend and Virginia. She serves as a volunteer in Nisly's effort, Galloway said, and would be able to offer him perspective, having run for office before. Nisly, husband of Elkhart County Republican Chairwoman Mary Nisly, has never vied for office before.

District 22 covers southern Elkhart County, including Nappanee, and much of Kosciusko County to the south. (That's Kubacki, in the photo to the right.)


Galloway and three other Wisconsin state lawmakers facing recall were "blamed" for helping Gov. Scott Walker "pass a law eliminating bargaining rights for public workers," the Daily Beast reported. The Journal Sentinel said she authored a concealed-carry law.

Whatever the issues, the Journal Sentinel cited another Republican state senator at the time as saying Galloway's decision to step down didn't stem from the recall election and that he was comfortable she would have won. In fact, the GOPer who subsequently replaced Galloway on the ballot, Jerry Petrowski, won the recall election for her post the following June, according to the Capitol Times.

Galloway's post was one of four on the recall election that year.

In deciding to challenge Kubacki, Nisly's campaign singled out Common Core educational standards. Nisly opposes the national standards, viewed by critics as an imposition by the feds on something that should be determined at the state and local level. Kubacki last year voted against a measure — which passed anyway — to delay implementation here in Indiana of Common Core standards.

Nisly, who favors the proposal to amend the Indiana Constitution to ban same-sex marriage, House Joint Resolution 3, also singled out her opposition to the measure. Kubacki thinks a state law already in place is enough, without amending the Constitution.

Tim Vandenack is a reporter at the Elkhart Truth newspaper. Reach him at tvandenack@etruth.com or 574-296-5884. Visit him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter at @timvandenack.


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