As Gov. Mitch Daniels looks ahead to his last year in office, he said there are some things that he’d rather not remember. In a year-end review, Daniels said Secretary of State Charlie White’s troubles and former Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission chairman David Lott Hardy’s indictment was an embarrassment to him and other Republican leaders, RTV6’s Norman Cox reported.
White is accused of lying about where he lived during the 2010 primary for secretary of state so he could continue collecting his pay from the Fishers Town Council.
Daniels said he had urged White to resign until the criminal charges against him were resolved, but White declined. “When my advice is disregarded, I accept that and don’t try to make a nuisance of myself,” Daniels said.
With White’s January trial date fast approaching, Daniels said he hopes to move forward as soon as possible. “I think it should have been resolved a long time ago. Since the course I recommended wasn’t accepted by Mr. White, then I hope that the course he’s chosen will come to closure quickly,” Daniels said.