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1/31/2023

Mitch Daniels Says He Won’t Be Running For Open Indiana Senate Seat

Filed under: General — Dana @ 9:09 am



[guest post by Dana]

His statement alone reminds to me why America needs him (and people like him) in the Senate:

After what I hope was adequate reflection, I’ve decided not to become a candidate for the U.S. Senate,” Daniels told POLITICO. “With full credit and respect for the institution and those serving in it, I conclude that it’s just not the job for me, not the town for me, and not the life I want to live at this point.”

“Maybe I can find ways to contribute that do not involve holding elective office. If not, there is so much more to life,” he said. “People obsessed with politics or driven by personal ambition sometimes have difficulty understanding those who are neither. I hope to be understood as a citizen and patriot who thought seriously, but not tediously, about how to be deserving of those labels and simply decided the U.S. Senate was not the only way.”

–Dana

9 Responses to “Mitch Daniels Says He Won’t Be Running For Open Indiana Senate Seat”

  1. Good morning.

    Dana (1225fc)

  2. His time has passed. When he left politics to head Purdue, he effectively dropped out. You can’t go home again.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  3. That doesn’t mean that he isn’t the type of individual that we need in the Senate. He is principled and mature, not a desperate-for-attention-powermonger who will cling to the power until long after his past sell date. He understands his limitations. IOW, the very opposite of the vast majority of Congress members.

    Dana (1225fc)

  4. More Daniels. Less of the rest of the howling hordes in politics.

    Thank you for honoring a good man, Dana.

    Simon Jester (c8876d)

  5. That doesn’t mean that he isn’t the type of individual that we need in the Senate. He is principled and mature, not a desperate-for-attention-powermonger who will cling to the power until long after his past sell date. He understands his limitations. IOW, the very opposite of the vast majority of Congress members.

    Dana (1225fc) — 1/31/2023 @ 9:17 am

    I completely agree, but again, he left at crucial time. Had he remained in politics he would have been a voice of sanity in the Senate during the Trump era, rather than retreating to academia.

    Rip Murdock (d2a2a8)

  6. Romney stepped away from politics several times, only to return.

    I’m glad he did, and I wish that Daniels would do likewise.

    norcal (862cdb)

  7. Well, it’s an interesting question which needs his kind of leadership more, academia, or the Senate. Certainly, much of academia is in desperate need of reform.

    And for that reason, I look forward to seeing what Ben Sasse can do at the University of Florida.

    Jim Miller (f29931)

  8. Ben Sasse would do well do get advice concerning university governance from Mitch Daniels.

    Daniels excelled in two areas: free speech, and stopping tuition increases.

    norcal (862cdb)

  9. Yet another capable individual decides not to serve. This is how we get people like Santos.

    Kevin M (1ea396)


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