Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday Hodge Podge: Abdul On To Something?; Governor Fallout; Vacation

Marion County Clerk
Beth White
White for SOS?
Abdul-Hakim Shabazz is known to stir the pot occasionally, but he seems to be on to a rumor that I've been persistently hearing.

Now, I don't subscribe to his cheat sheet over at, but Abdul posted that Beth White, the current Marion County Clerk, is thinking about running for Secretary of State in 2014.  I don't know what Abdul wrote about that rumor, but I must admit, I have heard it.

That really shouldn't be a surprise.  White, who is term limited, would make an excellent Secretary of State.  She has proven herself more than capable of running the Marion County Clerk's Office for these past few years, and she can take that experience and apply it to the state.  In fact, with all the Marion County Clerk has on her plate as clerk, the Secretary of State's job falls right in her wheelhouse.

I say Run Beth Run!  

Daniels Pulling Out of Politics Could Hurt GOP
Governor Mitch Daniels said he's now done with partisan politics as he begins to make the transition to becoming the President of Purdue University.  That's bad news for the GOP.

Purdue President
Mitch Daniels
Daniels has become a reliable fundraiser and campaigner for candidates.  He's stuck his nose into several Indiana House and Senate races in the past and even tried to get Mark Massa elected Marion County Prosecutor.

With Daniels gone and out of politics, that leaves the Republicans to look elsewhere for help.  That probably won't hurt the state-level candidates, but it might hurt those competitive Indiana House and Senate races.  At minimum, it leads to some good speculation.

By the way, whenever I now refer to the Governor in my captions, he will now be "Purdue President Mitch Daniels" because he said he's essentially done being Governor.

I'm heading out and getting some R&R next week.  I won't be posting unless something breaking happens.  Posting returns to normal on July 2.  In the meantime, you can follow me on Twitter if you are so inclined.


Paul K. Ogden said...

I think Beth White overall has done a very good job. However, her participation in the vote to enforce the anti-slating law against an unslated Democratic candidate, while knowing that the federal court had struck it down and the Election Board was enjoined from enforcing it (an order the Election Board had agreed to) calls into question her judgment at the very least.

Jon Easter said...

I thought Beth voted to release the documents to the unslated candidates.

artfuggins said...

Jon, you are correct.

Anonymous said...

It is good to see a strong Republican the head of a college perhaps he will be able to bring a balance to the liberal leaning policies of most colleges. I think he will still find time to support Republican efforts.