The Fix has published Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels‘s inner circle. The list of trusted advisors and colleagues who might help the Republican governor out if he chooses to run for President in 2012, as is rumored.  Among the group is Kim Alfano, media advisor for Republican mayoral candidate Hal Heiner.

  • Eric Holcomb: Holcomb, who managed Daniels’ 2008 campaign, now serves as deputy chief of staff for the governor.
  • Earl Goode: Goode currently serves as Daniels’ chief of staff in the governor’s office but has strong private-sector experience too as the former president of GTE Information Services.
  • Kim Alfano: Alfano, a low profile but well regarded media consultant, made the commercials for Daniels’ 2004 and 2008 races.
  • Murray Clark: Clark, the Indiana Republican party chairman, has a long history in Hoosier State politics. Clark spent more than a decade as a state senator and ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2000. He began to run for governor in 2003, before bowing out and serving as Daniels’ campaign chair.
  • Chris Mathews: Matthews, president of the Bellwether Group, handled Daniels’ polling in 2004 and 2008. Like Alfano, she keeps a low profile in Washington political circles despite sharing her name with the host of MNSBC’s “Hardball”.
  • James Bopp: Bopp is a Republican National Committeeman from Indiana and a leading pro-life voice nationally. Bopp was also the lead author of the so-called “purity resolution” that would have banned the RNC from giving money to any candidate who disagreed with two or more elements of the party platform.
  • Don Cogman: Cogman is a former president of Burson-Marsteller and now runs CC Investments, a financial firm based in Arizona. Cogman worked for then Oklahoma Sen. Dewey Bartlett during the 1970s.
  • Charlie Black: Black is a longtime political strategist in Washington and was a member of Arizona Sen. John McCain’s (Ariz.) 2008 presidential campaign.
  • Bob Perkins: Perkins is a former president of the Chiat/Day, the massive New York City-based advertising agency. He is also a longtime Republican fundraiser who collected cash for Daniels’ NRSC in the early 1980s.
  • Deborah Daniels: The governor’s sister has stellar credentials of her own as a former U.S. Attorney and former Assistant Attorney General. She now works for the Indianapolis law firm of Krieg Devault.
  • Al Hubbard: Hubbard was a big fundraiser for President George W. Bush and served as the head of the National Economic Council in the second term. He is also a Hoosier native.
  • Tom Bell : Bell is the chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Board of directors and the CEO of SecurAmerica, an Atlanta-based security firm. He once served as chief of staff to then Tennessee Sen. Bill Brock.
  • Debbie/Rick Hohlt: Debbie runs Daniels’ office in Washington and has spent years working in GOP politics including a stint at the Republican National Committee. Rick, her husband, is lobbyist and major political fundraiser (and a native Hoosier).
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