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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels speaks Wednesday in Indianapolis.

Mitch Daniels: You don’t walk off the job

Statement issued Wednesday by Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels:

The House Democrats have shown a complete contempt for the democratic process. The way that works – as we all learned in grade school – is that if you seek public office, you come, do your duty, you argue, you debate, you amend if you can, you vote “no” if you feel you should. If you are not successful, you go home and take your case to the voters. You don’t walk off the job, take your public paycheck with you, and attempt to bring the whole process to a screeching halt. You know, if they persist, the Democratic Party of Indiana will need a rebranding effort because this is as anti-democratic as behavior can be.

All that said, I think they deserve another chance. Let the heat of the moment cool, I hope. Maybe if their leadership doesn’t have a conscience about the unconscionable things they’ve done, maybe individual members do. But I do hope that having made their point, scored one victory on the big issue, they will decide to come back to work. Let’s do the people’s business, together.

I can tell you that I don’t know what will happen; I don’t know how we’ll proceed. I can tell you what won’t happen. We will not be bullied or blackmailed out of pursuing the agenda we laid in front of the people of Indiana. That agenda is going to get voted on.

If it takes special sessions from now to New Year’s, we will hold them and we will send the bill to Leader Bauer and to the Democratic Party of Indiana. I see no reason for that to be necessary. They can come back, and I hope they will tomorrow. We can just get on with business, and that is what I would appeal to them to do. I hope as a whole group, if not then, perhaps individuals in the caucus who have gone along – because that is what good caucus members do – may decide their conscience tells them they should do their duty instead.

Audio of the press conference is available here: http://www.in.gov/gov/files/Audio/022311audio.mp3

Video will be available later this evening on the governor’s YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/INGovernor

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