Pence cancels appearance at Lincoln Day Dinner

In this file photo taken on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, talks to the media after naming Rep. Suzanne Crouch R-Evansville, Indiana State Auditor at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) — Governor Mike Pence has cancelled his appearance on Tuesday at the Lincoln Day Dinner in Bloomington.

GOP Party Chairman for Monroe County Steve Hogan confirmed to 24-Hour News 8 that Pence will no longer appear at the dinner. Instead Greg Zoeller will attend the dinner.

Hogan said the planned protests at the event were part of the reason for the cancellation.

A protest was organized via Facebook to take place during the dinner that is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.

24-Hour News 8 has reached out to Pence for further comment on the cancellation, and to see if he has other events he plans not to attend following the passing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. A spokesperson said he has been in meetings and will continue his conversations through the evening. The Lt. Governor will attend a scheduled event for Monday evening. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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