Daniels Calls Democrat Walk-out "Sorry Spectacle"

By Jeff Neumeyer

March 16, 2011 Updated Mar 16, 2011 at 6:06 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- Republican Mitch Daniels used a visit to Fort Wayne Wednesday to turn up the heat on Indiana House Democrats and unions who have stymied progress on a host of bills the governor wants approved in the legislature.

House Democrats are now in their fourth week of a legislative walk-out.

Those democrats are Daniels’ favorite whipping boys right now, but he believes they have it coming.

Before meeting with Ivy Tech students, Daniels fielded questions late afternoon from reporters downtown.

Daniels said his patience is wearing thin with democrat lawmakers, who walked out of the legislature, and have been holed up in an Illinois hotel ever since.

A Right to Work Bill they felt was anti-union was shelved by republicans, but democrats have stayed out, in part, because of a bill to fund a private school voucher program.

Daniels says the democrats are misguided.

Gov. Mitch Daniels/(R) Indiana: " Indiana Democrats and the teacher's union here are the most backward in America, these very changes that we're proposing, these reforms, are championed by President Obama, his Secretary of Education. For all their 'hell no' posturing and rhetoric, there hasn't been one constructive or positive suggestion that they've made."

If the democrats come back soon, Daniels says he wants them to make an explicit pledge to not leave the legislature again, calling the walk-out a sorry spectacle that should never be repeated.




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