Has anyone noticed how Mitch Daniels’ voice keeps changing? It seems as though when he is out on the road wearing his cap and folksy shirt and mixing it up with everyday Hoosiers that his voice takes on just a touch of southern Hoosier twang. But when he records his TV commercials or gives formal speeches, his twang disappears.

Has he really decided he is a Hoosier? Nah. The change in his voice is just one more way he is trying to convince Hoosiers that he is one of us and deserves another term as governor to show how much he cares. The twang is fake, just like his continuous claims of how good Indiana is doing.

In fact, in one commercial now airing, he actually says we have a lot of problems to solve. So are we doing good, or do we have problems? I go with the latter. Since the first of the year, over 8,000 Hoosiers have lost their jobs. If that pace continues, by the end of the year, the total number of jobs lost will be about 16,000. What’s so good about that?

His commercials attempt to paint an average, plain Joe. Nothing could be farther from the truth. He has refused to live in the Governor’s mansion, and, instead, lives in a community on Geist Reservoir in a home with about 8,000 square feet. The house is for sale at an asking price of $1,250,000, so apparently, the Guv doesn’t intend on sticking around the area. The scuttle is that he is building a house in a gated community in Hamilton County, which for those who do not know their Indiana Constitution, removes him from residency in the seat of government.

Perhaps that means he plans on losing the election, thus allowing him to retreat to Hamilton County and practice up on his Hoosier twang.

Photo prepared with Google Earth



About Charlotte A. Weybright

I own a home in the historical West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have four grown sons and nine grandchildren - four grandsons and five granddaughters. I love to work on my home, and I enjoy crafts of all types. But, most of all, I enjoy being involved in political and community issues.
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  1. ice-ironman says:

    “Can I get me ah huntin licence here”? John Kerry (who served in Vietnam)2004. Hillary Clinton has also changed her twang. Obama does it depending on what race he is talking down to.

    I guess all those jobs lost is just time to pay the piper remember its our fault right?

  2. Daniels is as fake as they come. He spent over half his life staying out of Indiana, and when he botched his role as the head of OMB under Bush, he decided he better find something else to do.

    After all, he was so astute as a budget director that he predicted the mess in Iraq would cost – oh only about $40 to $50 billion dollars.

    With the last funding bill passed, it is now approaching $650 billion. What an idiot.

  3. Which part of Geist does he live in? Geist Reservoir lands across three counties (I think) – Hamilton, Hancock, and Marion.

  4. He lives on the Marion County side. He has to watch it, at least for now because the Indiana Constitution Article 6 section 5(b)requires that he live at the seat of government. So far he has weaseled his way out of residing in the governor’s mansion. But I suppose he technically can argue that since he still lives in Marion County, that is the seat of government.

    It looks like according to Google Earth that Geist straddles Marion and Hamilton counties.

  5. Matt says:

    I wonder why a concern about the coming and going of a “twang” in his voice — a trait Mr. Daniels shares with Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Obama, whose voices change depending on what part of the country they happen to be visiting at the time — turned into an indictment of Mr. Daniels’ choice to live in his own home instead of the Governor’s mansion. By your own admission, he fulfills the requirements of Indiana’s Constitution by living there (twang or no twang). Thankfully, he didn’t do anything shady, like buy a house in Indiana just so he could run for office; he simply prefers to live in his own home.

    Also, you may want to check your keyboard, it seems that you inadvertently put the asking price of Mr. Daniels’ home in bold type, while the rest of the text is in regular type. A more cynical person might tend to believe you were trying to play upon some sort of class envy among your readers.

  6. Matt:

    It isn’t my keyboard; it is, apparently, your unfamiliarity with blogging links. That may be why you noticed that the asking price is in bold. You will also notice that the number “8,000″ is also in bold. These link to the sites where the information is located. It has nothing to do with “class envy.” I am not sure where you came out of left field with that one, but since you indicated that a more “cynical” person might assume class envy, I am assuming you are cynical or you wouldn’t have mentioned it – incorrect as your assumption is.

    I chose to include the information about his residency and his disdain for the Governor’s mansion as additional evidence of his overall lack of relating to Hoosiers. He is a fake as he proved in his first run for the governor’s office by traveling around the state in an RV wearing a flannel shirt and a cap. As soon as the election was over, he morphed back into the corporate executive-type he really was and still is.

    As to your comment about buying a house in Indiana to run for office, care to name names? Since you are alleging something was “shady”, I am sure it could be checked out and verified as shady. Or is that your way of throwing aspersions without having a finding to back your allegations up?

    The Indiana Code provides the following as to qualifications for governor:

    Governor and lieutenant governor.

    A candidate for the office of governor or lieutenant governor:

    (1) Must have been a United States citizen for at least five (5) years before the election;

    (2) Must have resided in the state for at least five (5) years before the election;

    (3) Must be thirty (30) years old upon taking office; and

    (4) May not hold any other office of the United States or of this state upon taking office;

    as provided in Article 5, Sections 7 and 8 of the Constitution of the State of Indiana.

    Also see State Election Bd. v. Bayh, 521 N.E.2d 1313 (Ind. 1988), an unsuccessful challenge by Republicans to have Evan Bayh disqualified by virtue of “residency.”

    Of course, Daniels was living in D.C. before you decided to return to Indiana in 2003 to run for governor.

  7. Judith says:

    I don’t really care where Mitch Daniels lives nor what his speech sounds like. What has happened to Indiana under his watch? The worst, as far as I am concerned, is the “lease” to foreign companies of a swatch clear across our state, the former Indiana Toll Road, promised to belong to the citizens of Indiana when it was built. We have lost control of that land, even violations of the contract have to go through arbutration. He has tried to privatize many parts of Indiana, with limited success. The sales tax increase, the most unfair of all taxes to those of law income, is not counted as an increase by him. The property tax reform will haunt us for years. The state cuts funds to local governments, then limits the monies they collect. Then we wonder why we lost thousands of jobs. The main jobs brought into Indiana during the Daniel’s administration were the result of negotiations during the O’Bannon and Kernan administrations. So the net loss of jobs is astounding. There are many more reasons why this should be the end of the Daniels governorship.

  8. Judith:

    Well, at least you take a position on him. I have been doing articles about him for over a year now, and no one seems to care.

    The one I did in January 2008 itemized the number of jobs we lost in 2007 by the month – a total of 9,000+. Do you think I got any comments? Nope, nada, zip, none. I am not sure many people even read it.

    So sometimes I add in a little flavor to my feelings about him. I seem to get more reaction on things like this than on the articles I write about his other goof ups.

    Do Hoosiers just not care, or are they so dazed right now, they aren’t paying attention?

    If you link to the DWD warn notices, you get a sense of just what is happening. So if it takes some off-the-wall topic like his twang to get people to notice, then that is what I will do.

    The man does not deserve 4 more years to destroy this state.

  9. ice-ironman says:

    I wasnt refering to changing positions. This elite liberal (john kerry who served in Vietnam) is on record trying to buy a huntin licence using this phrase “can I get me a huntin licence here?” Pretty piss poor language for a billionaire. Does he speak like this to his esteamed colleages?

  10. Since when is proper and correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc. the purview of elite liberals?

    It should be something that all parties – Democrat, Republican, Independent, Libertarian, and any others out there should care about.

    We have a doofus in the White House who went to Harvard Business School (1975) and Yale (1968). I bet they are real proud of the way he talks.

  11. Andy says:

    Charlotte –

    So true on this. I’m not sure how John Kerry speaks to “esteemed colleagues”, but President Bush was just quoted at a G-8 conference in Japan greeting Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper with a, “YO HARPER !”. I can only assume he may have been trying to out due the massage he gave German Chancellor Angela Merkel a few years back at the similar conference.

    Now if he was hanging around the Texas ranch with the Prime Minister cutting up brush and downing a few brews, “YO HARPER” might fly. But to address a fellow world leader at such a prestigious conference shows poor judgment and overall lack of respect.

  12. ice-ironman says:

    I guess point proven. Bush is himself no matter where he is. Kerry, Obama, Clinton, hell, all dems for the most part change their twang.

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