The Bob Grand exit interview
A decades-long fundraising titan in Indiana politics says he has one more campaign left.
“Bob Grand is from the Bob Grand wing of the Indiana Republican party,” an Indiana Republican told me recently of the powerful Indianapolis attorney and Republican grandee who has had a hand in shaping a generation of Hoosier politics.
A managing partner at Barnes & Thornburg who semi-retired Tuesday, Grand arrived in Indiana politics as Lt. Gov. Bob Orr's administrative assistant in 1979. By 1987, he was Dick Lugar's campaign treasurer, and eventually served as the Bush-Cheney finance chairman for Indiana, and was a member of the 2000 Bush-Cheney recount team in Palm Beach County, Florida. He also served on Donald Trump’s Presidential Inauguration Committee.
In an interview Tuesday, Grand talked about why he is backing Secretary of State candidate Diego Morales despite the controversies engulfing his campaign, why he thinks Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch is the candidate to beat in the 2024 gubernatorial primary, and his attendance at Gov. Eric Holcomb’s bachelor party.
The interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
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