“Like a lot of people who grew up in Indiana, you assume you’re going to move away when you get older. But Mitch Daniels’ first campaign made me really proud to live in Indiana,” he said. “For a while, I thought I would stay here and work for him. He’s done a lot of great things for the state. So it wasn’t an easy decision to move here, but I am thrilled to work for Todd Young.”
The new staffer already has numerous press contacts in D.C. from his days with the state GOP, so now it’s just a matter of “putting reporters’ names with faces.”
Other things he is looking forward to in Washington are baseball season (“I might have to call in sick to work when the Cubs are in town”), and not owning a car for the first time in his adult life. But even though everything has been running smoothly thus far, he’s prepared for the possible bumps ahead.
“So far, it’s been what I expected,” he said. “But as we get into the committee process and floor votes and everything else, I think there’s going to be a little bit of culture shock that comes. And I’m ready for it.”
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Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.