2. Daniels won’t exactly take a pay cut to go to Purdue. As governor, he’s paid $107,000 annually. But outgoing Purdue President France Cordova is Indiana’s highest paid state employee, pulling down more than three times what Daniels earns now. In fact, his next salary was not reported after the trustees hired him. It’s an amount taxpayers have the privilege of knowing under state access laws and which trustees are obliged to disclose.
3. What Daniels had going for him as a candidate for this job was a quid pro quo. He appointed a majority of the trustees who in turn contributed thousands of dollars to his campaign for governor. After trustees and Daniels scratched backs in reciprocation, trustees scratched Daniels’ back again. Now, if Daniels amasses cash he can contribute to a 2016 presidential campaign, he’ll have the same Purdue trustees to thank for his own personal Boilermaker Political Action Committee at the expense of Indiana taxpayers.
4. Indiana cracked down on a conflict of interest involving former House Ways and Means Chair Sam Turpin, R-Brownsburg, who was eventually indicted for bribery, perjury and filing a fraudulent campaign report. Turpin had accepted at least $50,000 from an engineering firm that had contracts with riverboat casinos in Indiana.Yet higher education in Indiana apparently doesn’t force the issue the way it did in Turpin’s case because what Daniels is doing is legal, and he is accepting considerably more than what Turpin collected.
5. Indiana already has a two-term limit on governors, weaning even the best governors away from the state trough after eight years. But Daniels, as Purdue president with no prior academic administrative experience, has already been granted a special exception to the age 65 retirement rule at Purdue, and could serve longer as Purdue president than he served as governor.