Indiana Secretary of State Convictions Could Kick Off a Bumpy Month for Daniels
By JoshMogerman in News on Feb 4, 2012 9:00PM
Photo of Gov. Mitch Daniels from the Indiana Governor's homepage.
This morning, Secretary of State Charlie White was convicted of a half dozen felonies related to lying about his home address to receive a $1000/month stipend while serving on a town council. If the convictions hold, White will have to leave office. This follows a December ruling that could overturn White’s election to office due to the same residency issues. In that case, the judge ruled that his Democratic opponent should be declared the winner of the election, which will certainly tee up a big partisan fight for the Republican governor who would otherwise appoint a replacement.
And later this month, a soon-to-be-former Duke Energy executive will be compelled to answer questions from community and environmental groups over the controversial Edwardsport coal plant in Indiana. A growing scandal over cost overruns and lack of transparency have ensnared the Governor and many of his staffers. Closer to home, similar issues of access and transparency have dogged the Governor around his administration’s response to inquiries about the BP refinery in Whiting.
It could get bumpy in Hoosierland...