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Friday, July 16, 2010

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Chad Zaucha
Chad Zaucha found out the hard way that Gov. Mitch Daniels is not a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

As is customary when Gov. Mitch Daniels takes trips throughout the state, he stays with local residents.

That was the case Thursday.

Through former Clay County Sheriff Rob Carter, Daniels stayed with the Zaucha family Thursday evening prior to visiting with the public at the Clay County Chamber of Commerce meeting Friday morning.

Carter's sister works with Zaucha at the Y of Clay County, where she serves as the fitness director. Zaucha is the executive director of the facility.

"Since he knows the county and the area, I think the governor trusted (Carter) in finding him a place to stay," Zaucha said. "My wife and I talked about it and we were a little bit nervous. But we took it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and an honor to do so."

After a long afternoon in Vigo County Thursday, Daniels came to the front door of the Zaucha household and was greeted by the family.

Zaucha, who is a Steelers' fan, immediately started talking about his favorite NFL team.

To his amazement, Daniels was not a fan.

On Friday, Zaucha told the audience he was worried the governor may never come back to Clay County.

"He may never come back and you can blame me," Zaucha said to the laughter of the crowd. "I was sure he was a Steelers' fan. Within five minutes of him coming in the door, I fed him Steelers' info."

"He was disappointed," Daniels said of Zaucha's reaction to learn they did not like the same team.

Daniels said he and Zaucha spent time Thursday evening debating a playoff game between the Indianapolis Colts and Steelers a few years. A game the Steelers won.

Staying with local families has been something Daniels has done for a long time.

"I started it when I was a no-name candidate," he said. "I enjoyed it. I was learning things."

When he arrived Thursday evening, Zaucha said Daniels greeted he and his wife, Ashlee, and their two children, Reese, 3, and Brecke, 2.

"They stayed up a little later than normal," Zaucha said. "My son remembered who (Daniels) was. He interacted with our kids. He's laid back and down to Earth. It was a really nice visit."

"It was great fun," Daniels said. "They have two adorable kids."


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Wow, that is one good approach. In one move he learned what was imoportant to some of the residents in a small town community and saved Indiana money by staying with local residents instead of going to an expensive hotel for the night. That would be considered a business trip and expensible to the state of Indiana. Good move Daniels.

-- Posted by righton on Sun, Jul 18, 2010, at 12:50 PM


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