State Rep. Files Ethics Complaint Against Governor Daniels
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A Democratic State Representative has filed a request for an investigation into Governor Mitch Daniels' duties as Governor and as future President of Purdue University.
Charlie Brown (D-Gary) claims Governor Daniels misused state property for personal reasons by directing his staff use the state media advisory network to disseminate information about renovations at Purdue's Hovde Hall, which houses the president's office.
The Governor's office did issue a statement from Governor Daniels on September 4th clarifying that Daniels was not aware of the renovations and did not request them. The statement concluded that the Governor asked Purdue cancel any work that had not already been completed. Brown contends the statement was "cloudy" because he says it blurs the line of the sitting Governor's duties with the duties of an incoming unversity president.
Brown says he wants the Governor to stop commenting, or acting, on Purdue-related matters for three months, or have the full ethics commission issue a ruling on the matter.
Governor's spokesperson Jane Jankowski responded to the complaint, via email, by calling it "partisan nonsense". Jankowski says the Governor set the record straight after what could have been misleading headlines about him. She says resources will "have to be wasted disposing of this silly charge."