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Remembering Mitch Daniels

Yes, we remember Mitch Daniels when he was heading the Office of Management and Budget. Of course, now he is the gov of Indiana and there was this tidbit in the WSJ.com's enjoyable Washington Wire blog this week:

Indiana Voters Leaning Leftward?

When he worked at the White House, Mitch Daniels wasn't always the most popular guy in the room. It's not an uncommon problem for the head of the Office of Management and Budget, whose job includes telling the president and federal agencies how much less money they'll have to spend than they want.

That's one reason why Daniels, who as Indiana governor has spent a lot of time trying to balance the state's budget, ), probably won't be fazed by new poll from WISH-TV in Indianapolis, showing Hoosiers aren't very happy with him. Daniels, a Republican, was rated in the fair or poor categories by 57% of all respondents (although just 35% of Republicans). The poll of 800 likely voters conducted from Sept. 5 to Sept. 8 found that 55% think the country is headed in the wrong direction while 41% say its going the right way.

Daniels isn't up for re-election this fall. But three Indiana congressional seats are in play, which is why both Republicans and Democrats are pouring money and resources into the conservative state. Among local issues, voters appear to still be miffed about Daniels's decision to lease a northern Indiana toll road to an international conglomerate as well as the continuing drama over the state's effort to pick a time zone. Consequently, the answer to one poll question–"Would you like to see more Democrats or Republicans elected to Congress this year?"– may be somewhat troubling.

In all, 46% said they'd prefer more Democrats while 41% chose Republican. Among women, 50% preferred Democrats, and 35% favored Republicans. –Amy Schatz

Posted by Christopher Dorobek on Sep 16, 2006 at 12:15 PM


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