Former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels (R) said on Tuesday he would not run for Indiana Senate, clearing the path for Representative Jim Banks (R-IN) to become the frontrunner to replace the outgoing Senator Mike Braun (R-IN).
Daniels decision to withdraw has led more Republicans across the political spectrum to back Banks’ bid.
“After what I hope was adequate reflection, I’ve decided not to become a candidate for the U.S. Senate,” Daniels explained in a statement to Politico. “With full credit and respect for the institution and those serving in it, I conclude that it’s just not the job for me, not the town for me, and not the life I want to live at this point.”
Daniels continued, “Maybe I can find ways to contribute that do not involve holding elective office. If not, there is so much more to life. People obsessed with politics or driven by personal ambition sometimes have difficulty understanding those who are neither.”
National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Chairman Steve Daines (R-MT) said in a written statement on Tuesday, “I have the utmost respect for the years of service Governor Daniels has given to Indiana and wish him well in the future. I’m looking forward to working with one of our top recruits this cycle, Jim Banks, to keep Indiana red in 2024.”
Journalist Mollie Hemingway tweeted Tuesday, “With the 73-year-old Mitch Daniels not running, NRSC head Steve Daines publicly endorses top recruit Representative Jim Banks for Indiana Senate seat.”
With the 73-year-old Mitch Daniels not running, NRSC head Steve Daines publicly endorses top recruit Representative Jim Banks for Indiana Senate seat: pic.twitter.com/TVfsqpCAns
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) January 31, 2023
Host Joe Walsh commented, “Too bad. Mitch Daniels is a great conservative and would be a much needed addition to the US Senate. But he doesn’t fit in this Republican Party. He’s not MAGA. Too bad.”
Too bad. Mitch Daniels is a great conservative and would be a much needed addition to the US Senate. But he doesn’t fit in this Republican Party. He’s not MAGA. Too bad. https://t.co/qNFXVRFck2
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) January 31, 2023
CEO Alex Bruesewitz remarked, “Fantastic. Mitch Daniels is a Bush ally who sees the lay of the land. There is no pathway to the US Senate in Indiana in 2024 if you’re campaigning on an ‘I love George W. Bush’ platform. Indiana is MAGA Country, the Hoosiers need someone like @Jim_Banks!”
Fantastic. Mitch Daniels is a Bush ally who sees the lay of the land. There is no pathway to the US Senate in Indiana in 2024 if you’re campaigning on an “I love George W. Bush” platform.
— Alex Bruesewitz (@alexbruesewitz) January 31, 2023
— Jim Banks (@Jim_Banks) January 31, 2023
— Adam Wren (@adamwren) January 31, 2023
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