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Indiana House rejects governor-college chief wait

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Legislative Republicans have defeated a Democratic proposal aimed at preventing a repeat of Purdue University's hiring of Mitch Daniels as its new president while he was still governor.

House Democratic leader Scott Pelath offered the provision, which would have required a governor to be out of office for a year before being appointed president of a state university.

Pelath said he's sure Daniels will be a good president at Purdue, but that his selection six months before leaving office set a "horrible precedent." He says he worries about future governors lining up taxpayer-supported jobs for themselves.

House members voted 65-28 against Pelath's proposal after Republican floor leader Bill Friend said the proposal should've been offered in a separate bill for committee debate.

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  • Democratic Naivety
    One hopes that Mr. Pelath truly doesn't believe that Governor (now President) Daniels couldn't have earned at least 10 times more money in the private sector as he is earning at Purdue. To claim, or even infer, that Mitch lined up a "taxpayer-supported job" while still governor is either purely political (likely) or incredibly stupid (frightening!). Purdue and the State of Indiana are extremely fortunate that President Daniels decided to forgo much greater riches available to him to stay and lead our world-class university to even greater heights while simultaneously influencing higher education policy and governance across the nation. Mitch is the epitome of what a public servant should be, and I am personally grateful to him and his family for that.
  • gravy train
    Perhaps the legislators are afraid that their Ivy Tech gravy train will be cut off.

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