The Sordid Details of Mitch's Divorce

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Blog Boy

Chagrin Falls, OH

#1 Jun 2, 2011
From Advance Indiana:
Mitch's Divorce Attorney
A story talking about the role the ex-wife of Cheri Daniels' second husband was playing in stirring up a media frenzy by offering sordid details behind the Daniels' divorce and the role Cheri played in busting up her own marriage.
She's not the only person who warned that details of the split are not the kind of biographical background a presidential candidate likes to deal with during a campaign roll-out. Daniels' own divorce lawyer has privately hinted to some Washington insiders that the particulars of the break-up were so messy that it would indeed be a problem if the two-term governor ran for president.
I wondered at the time who Daniels' divorce attorney was and why he would be talking to Washington insiders about the details of the divorce. A few days later, another local attorney connected to the political scene told me WIBC radio talk show host and high profile Indianapolis lawyer Greg Garrison had represented Daniels in his divorce. That surprised me because Garrison is not particularly known as a divorce lawyer. Fellow blogger Ruth Holladay added her own insights into the Daniels' divorce. e "Daniels came across in those records as someone who fought hard to get his ex back and reunite his family; he prevailed," Holladay explained. "But to construe that as a simple happy ending (which, presumably, it is indeed, for simple Hoosiers) would never past the smell test for the aggressive, invasive national media, whose business it is not."
I contacted Holladay and asked her if she could confirm Garrison was Mitch's attorney. Yes, Garrison represented Mitch in the divorce she told me after re-checking her story. "Supposedly [Cheri] had contacted most of the high-profile divorce attorneys in the city, which made them ineligible to represent him," Holladay recalled. Observers told Holladay at the time Garrison "ripped [Cheri] a new one on the stand." In a follow-up post to her initial musings about Daniels' divorce, Holladay shed more light on the circumstances behind the couple's divorce:
The "new man" in Cheri Daniels life was a former beau she rediscovered during a spa trip to California. He is a medical doctor whose speciality was research.
When Cheri left Mitch and married Husband No. 2, Mitch Daniels did get custody of their four girls -- I am correcting that from a previous post. He got custody, it was not shared. One of the attorneys involved with the case said it was the first time he'd seen a judge rule "on the spot" to grant custody to the father, rather than take that decision under advisement, since it's rare for men to get custody.
Cheri Daniels and No. 2 did move to Indy so she could be closer to the daughters, but No. 2 was unable to find a job; Mitch Daniels made certain of that No. 2 would not find work in this town. Daniels obviously has the connections to make that happen.(He was at Lilly at the time).
I persoally admire Mitch Daniels efforts to reunite his family. My impression is that he held firm in order to win back his wife by refusing to allow the daughters to go West. But he also dated during the time he was divorce, and he also apparently came close to considering a second marriage.
When Mitch Daniels eventually prevailed in his quest to get his ex back, and the Daniels were remarried, friends of Mitch Daniels had a stag birthday party for Mitch. One guest asked what everyone wanted to know: "So why did you remarry Cheri?"
The answer from Mitch: "I always said that if I were to get married again, I said it'd be for money. "I just didn't expect it to be my money!
Holladay paints a picture of Daniels as a very controlling man, which is a view held by many who have tangled with him in the political arena. Upon reflection, Garrison as Daniels' divorce attorney now makes a lot of sense. What other Indianapolis divorce attorney talks to Washington insiders?
Moe

Chagrin Falls, OH

#2 Jun 2, 2011
Mitch is a control freak. He probably beat her on a regular basis. That is the reason they did not live in the state house. The state troopers would have caught him in the act and arrested him.

Mitch probably got that cut on his head because Cheri fought back and beat his ass via his noggin.
Blog Boy

Chagrin Falls, OH

#3 Jun 2, 2011
The facts suggest strongly that an extramarital affair is likely. His wife, Cheri, divorced Daniels, left him and their four children behind in Indiana, and moved to southern California to marry a surgeon. Her conduct was not that of a sensible person reaching a grim conclusion about her marriage; it was that of a wayward spouse who believed she had found her soulmate and to hell with the impact her leaving would have on her family.
ima hoosier

Itasca, IL

#4 Jun 2, 2011
yeah. but who believes those lawyers????????? who believes mithcibitshi the governor who has sold off a buch of stuff?? do you think that he has a free toll road pass for life? perhaps he will become best friends with arnold ........
Mary

Chagrin Falls, OH

#6 Jun 2, 2011
The details of Mitch Daniels' divorce and remarriage to the same woman is starting to come to light (he's a possible Republican presidential candidate--who DH and I love, BTW). It turns out that his wife left him to move to CA with a new guy, and left their four kids, then ages 8-14, with him. They remarried three years later.
Mitch Supporter

Chagrin Falls, OH

#7 Jun 2, 2011
So, to recap, while Mitch Daniels was running Eli Lilly his wife left, divorced him, went to California and Mitch stayed in Indianapolis with the four daughters. Neither were politicians. They were private citizens. They worked it out, whatever was not right and Cherie and Mitch re-married. All of this was in a three year time span. Daniels now says, "If you like happy endings, you’ll love our story.”

The same conservatives who would have you believe they are all about family values and pro-family will now criticize the Daniels for separating and then coming back together. The daughters remained in their home and maintained their lives in Indianapolis, in their familar environment. Isn't that pro-family? Isn't that family values? Doesn't Mitch Daniels get some extra credit for being a single dad to four daughters, the oldest 14 years old and the youngest 8? Having been a 14 year old girl at one time, I can speak from experience - 14 year old girls are no picnic, especially for their dads.

And, if some of this nonsense is from Team Obama who would be surprised? We were told by liberals and Democrats that the Clinton marriage was none of our business - as long as they were ok with it, we should be. He, at the time, was a sitting President. She did the groundwork for a run for the U.S. Senate in her last years in the White House. Neither of them were private citizens.
Blog Boy

Chagrin Falls, OH

#9 Jun 2, 2011
Carmel Taxpayer wrote:
"Blog Boy" is a damned LIAR!!
This info is straight from the public record. It is not a lie. Wait till you read the other true details.

Mitch's feet are made of clay. He has faults, like everyone. His is just more entertaining because he has made millions off the backs of Hoosiers.
Moe

Chagrin Falls, OH

#10 Jun 2, 2011
"happy endings" remind me of a business dealing in a massage parlor.
Cuck Cuck

United States

#11 Jun 2, 2011
Mitch Supporter wrote:
So, to recap, while Mitch Daniels was running Eli Lilly his wife left, divorced him, went to California and Mitch stayed in Indianapolis with the four daughters. Neither were politicians. They were private citizens. They worked it out, whatever was not right and Cherie and Mitch re-married. All of this was in a three year time span. Daniels now says, "If you like happy endings, you’ll love our story.”
The same conservatives who would have you believe they are all about family values and pro-family will now criticize the Daniels for separating and then coming back together. The daughters remained in their home and maintained their lives in Indianapolis, in their familar environment. Isn't that pro-family? Isn't that family values? Doesn't Mitch Daniels get some extra credit for being a single dad to four daughters, the oldest 14 years old and the youngest 8? Having been a 14 year old girl at one time, I can speak from experience - 14 year old girls are no picnic, especially for their dads.
And, if some of this nonsense is from Team Obama who would be surprised? We were told by liberals and Democrats that the Clinton marriage was none of our business - as long as they were ok with it, we should be. He, at the time, was a sitting President. She did the groundwork for a run for the U.S. Senate in her last years in the White House. Neither of them were private citizens.
In my opinion,I think it turned Mitch on to have his wife run off with a black man. It made him want her back more so. Besides,I don't want a cuckold in the White House. Especially with Mitch's record for being lousy at math. Mitch is the type of politician that IS the problem....not the solution. Stupid people keep voting for these greedy hypocrites and then wonder why everything is in the shi**er.
Truthiness

United States

#12 Jun 2, 2011
Moe wrote:
"happy endings" remind me of a business dealing in a massage parlor.
Daniels sure likes to flaunt the idea of his love life with Cheri as a "love story". He's such a narcissist, the other family doesn't even figure into the picture at all in his mind. It's not surprising. The people of Indiana and the IPALCO retirees certainly never figured into his thoughts at all either.
Blog Boy

Pryor, OK

#13 Jun 2, 2011
Cuck Cuck wrote:
<quoted text> In my opinion,I think it turned Mitch on to have his wife run off with a black man. It made him want her back more so. Besides,I don't want a cuckold in the White House. Especially with Mitch's record for being lousy at math. Mitch is the type of politician that IS the problem....not the solution. Stupid people keep voting for these greedy hypocrites and then wonder why everything is in the shi**er.
She got tired of midgets and went with a real man.....then she decided she liked money more than black manliness!
the real soul kaptoz

Chagrin Falls, OH

#14 Jun 2, 2011
Mitch is such a midget with maggots on his member! I am no longer a tea bagger. From now on I support all liberals. They are smarter and do not steal from poor people.

Liberals also have bigger members, free of vermin and disease!
Donna

Chagrin Falls, OH

#15 Jun 2, 2011
Moe wrote:
"happy endings" remind me of a business dealing in a massage parlor.
Did Cheri work in a massage parlor too?
Blog Boy

Chagrin Falls, OH

#16 Jun 3, 2011
Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has made no secret of the fact he's considering a run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012.

But he admits that his wife and four daughters are wary of the media scrutiny that a White House run would bring to their family.

"It scares them to death, and it should," Daniels tells the Terre Haute Tribune-Star's Maureen Hayden.

Daniels, who previously served as George W. Bush's budget director, wouldn't offer any details on internal family discussions about a potential 2012 run. But, he said, "It would be a big deal if they said no."
Blog Boy

Chagrin Falls, OH

#17 Jun 3, 2011
The Daniels home in Carmel would have to be secured. Cheri and Mitch Daniels could not have just picked up and visited their daughters in their homes without incredible security. If their daughters had children, Mitch and Cheri Daniels would have been almost absent from their lives for the time they were in the White House. It would have been up to the daughters and their families to visit Washington, D.C. This would all be happening to a family who had never been much interested in politics. When Daniels ran for governor, his wife did not participate. She didn't campaign. She has not been incredibly active as a first lady. Cheri Daniels seems to value her privacy.[3] In his campaign mode running for governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels referred to his marriage as something of a romantic comedy, in the tradition of Shakespeare's "All's Well That Ends Well." He referred to an earlier time in his life when his wife Cheri left him, moved to California, divorced him and married an old sweetheart. Their four daughters, ages 8 to 14, remained with their father. Cheri's second marriage was short and apparently not so sweet, and four years later she was back home again in Indiana to marry Mitch again and raise their daughters together. "If you like happy endings," he said, "you'll love our story." [5] Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels says he has no regrets about his recent decisionnot torun for the Republican presidential nomination, but says he believes he could have beaten President Obama if he had run.[6]

It's been a rough couple of weeks for Republican party and the comb over. First Donald Trump then Daniels.
Blog Boy

Chagrin Falls, OH

#18 Jun 3, 2011
Mitch Daniels announced he won't be entering the race either. They must be getting their tonsorial and political advice from the same source.[7] For the second time in 18 months, a towering Hoosier ruling figure chose family over ambition, significantly altering the political landscape that has undergone dramatic change here in the past decade. As was the case with former U.S. Sen. Evan Bayh, the public fate of Gov. Mitch Daniels' wife and family played a significant though not primary role, he said in his decision not to seek the Republican presidential nomination that many of us believed he could win. Daniels' riveting statement released in the wee hours of Sunday morning ended one of the stranger chapters in Hoosier politics with a draft movement for the presidency the governor insisted he didn't start and didn't intend. It seemed to mirror a similar scenario that emerged between 2002 and 2003 when he entered the gubernatorial race.[7] INDIANAPOLIS ' Gov. Mitch Daniels last week disappointed his close advisers, supporters and friends when he announced he would not jump into the presidential race. Many were surprised by the decision, even though he has said repeatedly over the past year that the choice of whether to run would likely come down to his family. Indeed, though it appears Daniels was fully prepared to jump into the race, his wife and four daughters said no ' and so he did too. I've heard from a number of readers about this.[3]

There would have been more delving into the Daniels family secrets by the news media, the political blogs and the opposition. Cheri Daniels, the governor's wife, is a loser of the privacy she long sought. When the governor arranged for her to deliver a highly publicized May 12 speech at a big GOP fundraiser in Indianapolis, it appeared that she and the four Daniels daughters wouldn't veto a presidential run. She certainly would not have spoken in the national spotlight if a veto already was cast. Alas, there then came national news media focus on the couple's divorce and remarriage -- with Cheri Daniels between those marriages moving to California and marrying another man -- and messy details, including a vicious denunciation by that man's former wife and suggestions that Mrs. Daniels abandoned her children.[8] On May 18, POLITICO the must-read, multimedia news source for political junkies ran the headline: "GOP elite see Mitch Daniels as 2012 savior." It was a romance that wasn't going to last. Around the same time, different headlines were appearing in other national news venues, topping off stories with salacious details of Daniels' divorce from his wife, Cheri.[9]
Blog Boy

Chagrin Falls, OH

#19 Jun 3, 2011
The tawdry media will pursue gossipy factoids, no matter how old, irrelevant, unfair or untrue. Ugly rumors just below the surface suggested that Cheri had "abandoned" her children, though Mitch insisted that joint custody had worked just fine. Politicians who retire, willingly or otherwise, invariably say they need to spend more time with their families, and no doubt some of them actually do. Daniels is one who does, citing the cliche as his reason to withdraw his name from consideration for the Republican presidential nomination next year. In the fiercely competitive 24-7 world of twitters and tabloids, he didn't want to expose his family to the often mean-spirited scrutiny of a national campaign. His two marriages to Cheri would be an irresistible target for the media mucksters. He was marketed as the man who could put America's fiscal house in order, but he ultimately decided the order of his own household was more important. He gallantly bowed to female power. "On matters affecting us all, our family constitution gives a veto to the women's caucus, and there is no override provision," he said.[5] Children of presidents confront the best and the worst of all possible worlds, enjoying attention but subject to merciless criticism. When music critic Paul Hume criticized the concert voice of first daughter Margaret Truman as "flat a good deal of the time," her father reacted as Harry Truman , not President Truman . He wrote a famous note to the critic promising that if they ever met he would "need a new nose, a lot of beef steak for black eyes and perhaps a supporter below!" Margaret was amused, or said she was ("it sold tickets"). Few presidents have been as robust as Harry Truman in their defense of family -- those were clearly different times -- and it would probably not occur to Mitch Daniels to threaten pugilism to defend familial honor. He bowed out of presidential politics gracefully. Americans," he said, "are ready to summon the discipline to pay down our collective debts. to put the future before the present, their children's interests before their own." He did that for family. Let's hope he's right about the rest of us.[5] The Boone County Clerk told the Lebanon Reporter that it was the first time anyone had sought the Daniels divorce filing. In all things gubernatorial, a divorce and remarriage more than a decade ago had little affect on how a governor discharged his duties. That is not the case with the White House, where secrets appear and anonymity is thrashed. The governor insisted he wasn't really that ambitious. "This is not something I would have thought about doing if I weren't really alarmed about the position of the country," Daniels said at IUPUI after chairing an Indiana Education Roundtable meeting where his education reforms were extensively discussed. "This nation is facing what the president's own Deficit Commission chairman says is the most predictable crisis in history and we're not doing anything about it. That's why I thought about it at all." Daniels was asked Tuesday if he thought that many opt out of public service because of an invasive press. "Well, there's something to that," he responded. "It's hardly a new or novel thought. There was way too much attention paid here to this scrutiny business. It was just a total loss of privacy. I've got three daughters early in their married lives.[7]
Blog Boy

Chagrin Falls, OH

#20 Jun 3, 2011
Though the group will continue on, there was still a tangible sense of loss among Indiana Republicans last week who were disappointed by the governor's decision.'' "He's the guy in my mind that truly understood the math of it all and the problems that face our country, both spending and on the growth side of the ledger," Indiana Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb, a former Daniels aide, said of his old boss.'' As for Students for Daniels that is, Students for Solvency essentially, Eden and Knowles said, they will turn the group into an issue advocacy organization.'' They will lobby Congress this summer to include reforms to entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security in a measure that increases the federal debt ceiling. They will also study the records of the declared Republican presidential candidates on fiscal issues.'' "This movement is about a cause, not just a candidate," Knowles told the Yale Daily News last week.[10] INDIANAPOLIS When Gov. Mitch Daniels was considering a run for the White House, it was a group of college students, he said, who did the most to persuade him.'' That group was the Student Initiative to Draft Daniels, which was founded at Yale University and focused on reducing the country's debt load. They said Indiana's two-term Republican was the only candidate paying serious attention to their issue.''[10] For a little while, there was some hope of a similarly spectacular year in 2012. Over the weekend, Gov. Mitch Daniels dealt a death blow to the dreams of political junkies around the state when he announced that he would not run for president of the United States. Both Daniels and Indiana have benefited from his flirtation with a run for the White House.[2]

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' decision not to run for president offers the perfect opportunity to lament the increasingly intrusive nature of modern politics and to praise politicians who place family considerations over personal ambition.[11] Mitch Daniels has made the decision not to run for president, citing family concerns, which I can understand fully. It would be very hard to run a national campaign without the full support of the ones that are closest to you. I'm a little embarrassed because I don't have a regular column prepared this week.[7]
Blog Boy

Chagrin Falls, OH

#21 Jun 3, 2011
Some say Daniels doesn't have the personality for a national campaign. I think he could have resonated with a national audience - especially in an election cycle in which some voters yearn for a competent fiscal manager. In an e-mail last weekend, Daniels informed close associates that he wouldn't run. "On matters affecting us all, our family constitution gives a veto to the women's caucus, and there is no override provision," Daniels said in his statement, referring to his wife, Cheri, and their four daughters.[12] There is the scrutiny of the past, which for Mitch and Cheri Daniels would not have been fun. They divorced once and remarried, after Cheri Daniels married another man and moved to California. There already had been so many stories and so much talk about that issue that Daniels felt the need last week to issue a statement to The Indianapolis Star explaining that his wife never abandoned their children. Even after Daniels announced he wouldn't run, one online publication wrote some unseemly details about the divorce and Cheri's second marriage anyway. Daniels said that stories looking at his past weren't really his or his family's concern.[3]

Lost in the coverage seemed to be the fact that the divorce was more than a decade ago and that the couple later remarried and raised four daughters. It was all nasty enough that May 21, when Daniels dispatched two of his closest friends to deliver a statement to The Indianapolis Star announcing his decision not to run, he sent a second statement along as well. In that second statement, Daniels defended his wife, disclaiming the notion that she'd "abandoned" her children when she left him to marry another a man. Knowing how deep into the muck the media scrutiny was sinking gives some context to the first statement he issued about his decision to drop out of the race, in which he cited his family's worries that they'd be stripped naked of their privacy if he decided to run for president. In that statement, he said: "What could have been a complicated decision was in the end very simple: On matter affecting us all, our family constitution gives a veto to the women's caucus, and there is no override provision.[9] "An Unhappy Landing for Daniels". What's the unhappy landing? That he decided not to run for President? How is that an unhappy landing? Oh wait, maybe unhappy for liberals, but not for Daniels, his wife, or the republican party. I don't think he wanted to run in the first place. Prior to making his decision he said he would have to get her consent before he would run. That sounds like a set up for his final decision. Then he decides not to run because his wife didn't want him to.[13]

"Yes, I think so," Daniels said Sunday on ABC's "This Week," adding, "I mean, no one can know." Daniels reiterated that his family was the reason behind his ultimate decision not to seek the GOP presidential nomination. "We've got young women, three of them married not too long," Daniels said, referring to his four daughters. When asked if those sentiments are a result of the current political environment, Daniels, who served in the administrations of former Presidents George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan , said "If it weren't for the cheap shots and the, you know, personal unfairness that would, that would come with it, there's also just the inevitable loss of privacy, the security, all of that." [14] "I mean no one can know." Daniels said that his decision to not run was based on his family's desire for privacy and security, which he said would inevitably have been lost in a campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. "We've got young women, three of them that have been married not too long," Daniels said. "They're looking forward to building lives, starting families and this was just a - a disruption that - that they were very, very leery of.[15]
Blog Boy

Chagrin Falls, OH

#22 Jun 3, 2011
For some, the decision is only confirmation that Daniels would have been the 'family values' candidate that conservatives were seeking. A few have complained that Daniels' family would prevent him from doing something so important for the country. There were others who thought Daniels could have been just a little less specific about his reasons. He could have called it a 'family decision' rather than being so forthright that his family actually vetoed the idea. Regardless, those who are frustrated by his decision or shocked that he would say no need only to stop and truly consider what a family must endure to run for president.[3] Daniels, who wanted to run and had orchestrated a way to do so with substantial support, appears to be the big loser because he couldn't get the support that mattered most, from his family. He lost the chance to be president or at least a real shot at being a nominee with major national impact on issues. Even though his spokesmen say he had a clear path to the Republican nomination, nobody knows for sure how clear or cluttered that path would have been.[8]

Daniels, many pundits said, had the makings of a contender to be the GOP standard-bearer in the 2012 presidential race. He has proven fiscal discipline, as evident by his leadership in Indiana, where he reversed a $1 billion deficit in one year and kept the state's books in the black through the recession of 2008. He's a proven reformer, as noted by the many Hoosiers still complaining about issues such as moving Indiana to daylight saving time and education reforms. He's an innovator who thinks beyond traditional partisan politics to find alternatives and takes the flak for it. His idea to lease the Indiana toll road, for example, generated mounds of cash to build state highways, but his efforts to privatize parts of food stamps applications failed. He's been sharply criticized for both.[1] The bigger issue was the loss of privacy moving forward. If Daniels were to win the GOP nomination, he and his wife would have been covered by the Secret Service at all times. Should he have won the presidency, they would have been covered by the Secret Service forever. During the time he would have served, his four daughters and their families would have faced increased security ' and scrutiny. The entire family would be living in a bubble, just when his daughters ' all young adults ' would be trying to build their own lives.[3] I also regret the way Daniels handled the public rollout of a private decision. For the record, I'm entirely in favor of husbands deferring to their wives. As tiresome as it is to hear officials announce that they are leaving to spend more time with their families, this did seem like the rare case of a politician not seeking a job for the sake of his family. It seemed rather evolved for a man to be admitting that his wife, and daughters, had the upper hand in decision-making. Then I thought: Hey, buddy, did you have to point fingers? In the Daniels formulation, he is the selfless hero, "caught between two duties.[11] Some may find virtue in it, and indeed there may be some, but the short interview I saw w/ Daniel's wife after her speech made me turn to my wife and say,'he wont run".period. The wife said something like "this is a family matter and you can be very sure the family will be involved in this decision". It had ZERO to do with "family" or with his time with his girls. his wife said no.case closed.[13]

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