Daniels said Thursday that once he's president of Purdue University in January, he'll live in the president's mansion.
Though it may depend on what the meaning of "live" is.
After all, in October 2005, Daniels told reporters that after a home show allowing tours of the renovated governor's residence on Meridian Street in Indianapolis was completed the following spring, he and the first lady would "take up residence here."
Asked by a reporter what that meant, Daniels mocked the question.
"It's a common English phrase," Daniels said. "It means 'move in.' "
Which the Daniels never did.
In fact, they eventually moved into a home they built in Carmel.
The issue had dogged Daniels since shortly after he became governor in 2004. People, including in the Butler-Tarkington and Meridian-Kessler neighborhoods that are so proud of having the governor as a neighbor were disappointed. Other people took it as sign that the governor felt the fancy home just wasn't good enough for him.
And since the Constitution requires the governor to live in the state capital, his Hamilton County home didn't fit the bill.
So we'll be waiting to see. Will the Danielses "live" in Lafayette? Does that mean "move in?"
Or does that mean "a nice place to visit?"Ironically, it was the Star that first raised the issue about the constitutional requirement when word leaked out that Daniels was building a new home in Carmel. I'm not sure why the item claims the issue has dogged Daniels. The newspaper certainly hasn't dogged Daniels like it did White. It dropped the issue almost as quickly as it raised it. After moving into the Carmel home, Daniels switched his voter registration from his former home in Marion County to the governor's residence, even though he resided in his new home in Carmel, a fact the Star has never reported. If you're Charlie White, you should lose your office and go to jail. If you're Mitch Daniels, it's just an item to make light of in the Sunday political gossip column.