A day after offering a laid-back message on Democratic lawmakers fleeing his state to avoid a vote on union legislation, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels toughened up his talk this morning.
Many conservatives faulted the Indiana governor and 2012 hopeful Tuesday for seeming to encourage Republicans to drop a right-to-work bill Democrats are protesting while offering little in the way of admonishment for lawmakers who fled the state and their duties to avoid the topic. Specifically at issue was whether Daniels had called the fleeing Democrats’ actions a “perfectly legitimate part of the process.”
Daniels clarified his statement in an interview with an Indianapolis Star columnist Matthew Tully Wednesday, calling the actions of fleeing Democrats “totally unacceptable,” and adding that his praise for the process Tuesday was meant for protesters at the state house, not AWOL lawmakers. Tully had written that Daniels’ behavior Tuesday was uncharacteristic, asking “Could someone please page the real Mitch Daniels?”