There are a lot of very interesting political stories looming on the horizon.
First and foremost will Governor Mitch Daniels run for President? For the longest time he has said he would not make any decision until after the legislative session. Well, now it’s over and you can certainly see why he wanted to wait.
Lawmakers have given him the perfect platform to campaign on. A $1.1 billion budget surplus, education reform and the strictest abortion law in America. Now Gov. Daniels is asking the far right in his party to take another look. He can no longer be written off as the man who called for a truce on social issues. Now he is the man who acted, on the budget, education with charter schools, vouchers, early graduation scholarships and incentives for teachers and last but not least on abortion.
“It’s the economy, stupid” still fits. But now he has a more complete resume. Now he needs to circulate it to see if there are any takers. I think that is what he is currently doing.
When it comes to the governor’s race, I think Republicans and Democrats will want to keep the number of candidates down to keep interest and donations up. Rep. Mike Pence will announce by the end of the week on the Republican side. John Gregg appears to be the front runner on the Democratic side. If this proves to be reality this will be one of the most interesting races to cover in a long time – a conservative Republican against a right-to-life Democrat.
Mike Pence will have to overcome his Washington, DC success, which doesn’t always play well with the locals, and John Gregg is as old boy local as you can get. Gregg, on the other hand, will have to reintroduce himself to the voters while Mike Pence has kept his name out there all across the state.
Both have extensive media experience and are very comfortable in front of the media and big crowds. I expect money to flow to both candidates for television but one on one campaigning might be the difference here. I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to these possibilities. Let’s get on with it!