As the race for Indiana’s next governor heats up, a new book released this week takes a step back to reflect on the past.
Republican Chairman Eric Holcomb authored a book titled “Leading the Revolution” that takes a look at Gov. Mitch Daniels and his time as the leader of Indiana. On the cover is a picture of Daniels riding his motorcycle, which Holcomb says represents Daniels’ bold leadership style that changed the culture of the state in his first term.
Daniels “was change before change was cool,” said Holcomb. “Mitch ushered in big change for four years and did not back down. Because of that, we saw positive results.”
Democrats have so far declined to comment on the book, as did a spokesman for John Gregg, the party’s nominee for governor.
Holcomb said Daniels created an atmosphere that attracted outside businesses to our state.
“I think overall he has changed the reputation of the state,” said Holcomb. “Mitch has proven that if we are going to be a leader we cannot be a follower and wait for everyone else.”
The goal of the book in part, he said, is to provide a manual for Indiana’s next governor, to reflect on what worked and what did not.
Holcomb also intends for the book to reach Hoosiers across the state from both parties and has received interested from people outside Indiana’s borders. He hopes Daniels’ story will inspire people to run for public office and get more involved in their local communities.
“We need a diverse group of people running for office,” he said. “Their voice needs to be a part of the conversation.”