Gov. Mitch Daniels made it clear in a press conference today that he was not prepared to fight for the passage of right-to-work legislation, which is being pushed by GOP state lawmakers. Today most Indiana Democrat assembly members left the state in order to ensure there would not be a quorum.
“For reasons I’ve explained more than once, I thought there was a better time and place to have this very important and legitimate issue raised,” said Daniels.
In a December interview, Daniels said that he was against the issue being raised this legislative session since it had not been a focus on the campaign trail. “I think if you’re going to try to do something that fundamental, you owe it to the public to have that kind of an airing first, and that has not happened here,” he remarked.
Daniels also emphasized he didn’t want to escalate the issue any further.
“I’m not sending the state police after anybody,” he said.
“I trust that peoples’ consciences will bring them back to work,” Daniels added. “I choose to believe that our friends in the minority, having made their point, will come back and do their duty and the jobs that they’re paid to do.”