Posted by on January 19, 2012 in Blog

Last week, we highlighted three Arab American public officials who are actively involved in this Presidential election cycle, championing the causes of both their respective candidates and the greater Republican Party. This week, another Arab American official will be center-stage and address the nation following President Obama’s Sate of the Union address. The GOP has chosen Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a public official we’ve praised for his principled stances and success as a public administrator, to deliver the party’s response to the President’s State of The Union address next Tuesday. There are few better suited for the task than Governor Daniels, a governor with an impressive fiscal record the party will use to validate its message on the economy. In a statement on the Speaker of the House’s website, Speaker John Boehner issued the following statement touting the Governor’s credentials:

“Mitch Daniels is a fierce advocate for smaller, less costly, and more accountable government, and has the record to prove it,” Speaker Boehner said. “As governor, he has turned deficits into surplus, reformed government from top to bottom, and created a better environment for private-sector job creation.  For making tough choices and keeping his promises, Mitch Daniels is the right choice at the right time to deliver the Republican response to President Obama’s address.”

In his time serving as Governor of Indiana Mitch Daniels has, among other things, balanced the state’s budget and earned Indiana its first AAA credit rating in history. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell echoed the Speaker’s sentiment saying:

 “[Daniels] is a forceful advocate of pro-growth policies like fundamental tax reform, regulatory reform and energy security. And he is the right choice to explain the challenges we face and to outline a hopeful, common-sense vision for moving America forward by growing the economy, not the national debt.”

Many in the Republican Party lament Governor Daniels’ decision not to seek the GOP nomination, a choice which he said was in line with the interests and wishes of his family. It is more than likely, however, that Governor Daniels will remain a prominent player in the GOP’s efforts to promote a fiscally conservative agenda into November. Governor Daniels, whose Grandparents came from Syria, was last year’s recipient of the Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service at the 2011 Kahlil Gibran Sprit of Humanity Awards Gala.  




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