Mitchell E. Daniels Jr. is mulling a political reentry. He has been through decades of political battles as a staffer, strategist and governor. Daniels is a traditional conservative with an iconoclastic gene. If he runs, it will be his mission to win the battle for the future of his party. Whoever wins the GOP nomination will be heavily favored to end up in the Senate in early 2025.
The flavor of Indiana conservatism has changed significantly over the years, from moderate to hard-right to conservative iconoclast. Daniels served as Lugar’s chief of staff; Banks worked for him before he was born.