GOP Chairman Eric Holcomb announced he would be leaving to run U.S. Sen. Dan Coats’ state office and former Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman announced she was stepping down as a national committee member to focus on her new job as an economic development director in southwest Indiana.
It was a key reminder that Daniels no longer presides in Indianapolis. Both Pence and Daniels are prominent Republicans with political footprints stretching well beyond the state borders, but the current governor has walked a fine line trying to define himself as a conservative Republican who’s distinct from Daniels.
He now has another chance to place his stamp on the state with the coming pick of a new party chairman. That’s expected soon, well before Holcomb’s July 9 departure.
Tom LoBianco covers Indiana politics for The Associated Press. Follow him at twitter.com/tomlobianco.