The Indiana AFL/CIO has dug up this clip of Governor Mitch Daniels at a Teamsters dinner in 2006:
… we cannot afford to have civil wars over issues that might divide us and divert us from that path. And I have said over and over, I’m a supporter of the labor laws we have in the state of Indiana. I’m not interested in changing any of them – not the prevailing wage laws and certainly not a Right to Work law. We can succeed in Indiana with the laws we have respecting the rights of labor and fair and free competition for everyone.
Governor Mitch Daniels now supports a Right to Work law. Today in Indiana, the State House Republicans have voted to fine their Democratic colleagues $2,000 apiece for boycotting the session in an attempt to slow down a bill that strips union rights. The Democrats filed a restraining order to stop them from collecting. And protests at the capitol continue. Indiana has become this year’s Wisconsin, over an anti-union idea that candidate Daniels said he opposed (pdf) and that Governor Daniels called divisive and unnecessary.
Also today, national Republicans announced that Governor Daniels will present the GOP response to the State of the Union address on Tuesday. We’ll have more on the show tonight.