Gov. Mitch Daniels to Head to Purdue

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Mitch Daniels

It looks like Mitch Daniels has a new job.

The Indianapolis Star is reporting that the Indiana governor is going to be the next president of Purdue University, though the trustees don’t vote on his nomination until Thursday.

From a top staffer for Sen. Richard Lugar, a stint as Ronald Reagan’s political director, then off to be a top executive at Eli Lilly & Co, and then to governor, Daniels has a coveted mix of public and private sector experience that is valued in his party. And the two-term governor gave Mitt Romney his endorsement in April.

Daniels has often been named as a possible running mate for Romney, with folks like Speaker John Boehner touting his qualifications.

But Daniels has been unequivocal in his lack of interest in the job, telling Fox as recently as last month that it wasn’t an office he wanted or planned to hold. He was also considered a possible contender for the Republican nomination this cycle, but he never threw his hat in the ring, saying his family was opposed to a run.

An unexpected swing state in 2008, President Obama took Indiana by just a point, although it appears the state may have swung back into the red column for this cycle.

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