All Hinkle's activity occurred during the wedding reception at the JW of lobbyist Shannon Kiely, daughter of Pat Kiely, head IMA lobbyist and former State Rep Ways and Means chair. The reception was 300-400 people in a room full of all Indiana's prominent Republicans (and a few D's too), including Governor Daniels who I think was at a table next to Hinkle. The fact that he was doing this during the reception just adds another creepiness factor, but I think part of the reason the party leaders seemed to accept the facts as stated about the incident is because they all saw Hinkle at the wedding that afternoon then at the reception and he was doing a lot of wandering around the reception hall and in and out on the phone to the point it was noticeable to some. Before any of this came out some people actually mentioned it after the reception.
The reader observed that former Indiana GOP Chairman Mike McDaniel attended the Kiely wedding reception at the JW Marriott. McDaniel, who is the Republican panelist on Indiana Week In Review, made no effort to defend Hinkle during this week's airing of the political round table show that airs on WFYI-TV every Friday evening at 8:00 p.m. The show's number one topic this week was the Hinkle gay hustler scandal. According to the reader, McDaniel, who is a lobbyist at Krieg KeVault where Kiely's daughter also works as a lobbyist, was sitting at the very same table as Hinkle at the wedding reception and was able to observe first hand his activities last Saturday evening. McDaniel made no mention of being at the hotel the same evening as Hinkle, and WISH-TV's Jim Shella, who moderates Indiana Week In Review, made no mention of it in his reporting of the scandal. Gov. Daniels also did not tell reporters he saw Hinkle at the wedding reception last Saturday when he was questioned yesterday about the scandal. The Kiely wedding reception was reportedly the first wedding reception originally booked last year at the new swanky hotel financed in large part with taxpayer dollars.