Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Gov. Mitch Daniels testing the presidential waters

From Mary Beth Schneider at The Indianapolis Star:

In one more sign that he is preparing to test the presidential waters, Gov. Mitch Daniels has been holding a series of private dinners with Republican heavy-hitters for the past few months.
Daniels and his top political adviser, Deputy Chief of Staff Eric Holcomb who has organized the events, could not immediately be reached for comment.
But former U.S. Rep. George Nethercutt, a Washington State Republican who now is a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., told The Indianapolis Star he attended one of the dinners in June.
Nethercutt said a mutual friend of the governor, Arizona businessman Don Cogman, invited him.
Some 10 to 12 people were at the event, he said.
No one, Nethercutt said, asked Daniels if he was running for president, but he left thinking Daniels should.
They talked policy, not presidential ambitions, he said.
“Frankly as a concerned citizen I’m looking for someone who can make this government and this nation’s capitalwork well and he may be the one to do it,” he said.

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