Inside the shadow 2024 GOP gubernatorial primary
Plus: Trey Hollingsworth's $15 million, Christina Hale's new gig and the list of 2nd District candidates.
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The shadow primary unfolding before a much-anticipated 2024 GOP gubernatorial primary is coming into the light.
Ahead of the 2022 midterm elections promising to be little more than a lopsided affair for Indiana Republicans, prospective GOP candidates and their allies are already staking out ground.
As outgoing Purdue University president and former Gov. Mitch Daniels weighs a political comeback, his former aides Christine Luther Hurst and Ben Ledo have created a PAC urging him to dust off his famed recreational vehicle RV1, in search of the next great fried pork tenderloin—and the governor’s residence on Meridian Street (though he infamously never lived there). Daniels, for his part, hasn't said no. (More on that later this week).
Could Daniels clear the ever-lengthening field? It’s unclear. Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch is barreling toward a bid herself and told me last week she will not be a candidate for Evansville mayor (she said she was "flattered" but lives in the county, not the city.)
“Timing becomes everything, and I certainly won't make a decision or announcements before the midterm,” Crouch told me.
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