Monday, February 15, 2010

Evan Bayh to Retire!! (Multiple Updates)

According to Chris Cillizza, Evan Bayh will not seek reelection.

Here is the column:

Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh will not seek re-election this year, a decision that hands Republicans a prime pickup opportunity in the middle of the country.

"After all these years, my passion for service to my fellow citizens is undiminished, but my desire to do so by serving in Congress has waned," Bayh will say.

Bayh will announce the decision at a press conference later today. He was first elected to the Senate in 1998 and was re-elected easily in 2004. National Republicans had recruited former Sen. Dan Coats to challenge Bayh in 2010 although polling suggested Bayh began the race with a 20-point edge. He also had $13 million in the bank at the end of the year.

Prior to being in the Senate, Bayh served two terms as governor of the Hoosier State. He also served briefly as Secretary of State.

This will definitely hurt Democrats and help the Republicans pick up this seat.

More information to come soon.
Update 1: Thoughts on who will run. I think Indiana Democrats best bet would be Congressman Brad Ellsworth. The Conservative Democrat from the 'bloody eighth district,' and is the former Vanderburgh County Sheriff. He would be the most electable in the state with his blue dog credentials. I have met him quite a few times and he is a great guy, even if I don't always agree with his stances on the issues.

Another great candidate would be Congressman Andre Carson. With him on the ballot, Progressives would be fired up to hit the polls helping the Party in other tough Election races. It would open up a can of worms in the 7th District for a potential successor.

Via Facebook, Jon is tossing out the idea of Joe Hogsett for Senate. Others are also mentioning Baron Hill, who was tossing around the idea of running for governor in 2012.
Update 2: Also, don't forget the filing deadline is this FRIDAY! That's alot of signatures to gather in a very short amount of time!

And a source of mine thinks that there is more to this than what we are being let onto. Without naming my source(s), there could be a potential 'statement' from the White House following Bayh's press conference.
Update 3: A statement via Daily Kos from Senator Bayh:

"Two weeks ago, the Senate voted down a bipartisan commission to deal with one of the greatest threats facing our nation: our exploding deficits and debt. The measure would have passed, but seven members who had endorsed the idea instead voted ‘no’ for short-term political reasons," he said. "Just last week, a major piece of legislation to create jobs — the public’s top priority — fell apart amid complaints from both the left and right. All of this and much more has led me to believe that there are better ways to serve my fellow citizens, my beloved state and our nation than continued service in Congress."
Update 4: I lied, the filing deadline for the Indiana Primary for Senator is tomorrow, February 16. See it for yourself here.

Also, how did we not see this coming. Bayh never filed for access to the Primary Ballot according to the IN SOS website. See the list of filed candidates here.
Update 5: Here's what is going to happen, in my opinion. The INDEM Central Committee has until June 30th to fill the primary vacancy for US Senator. The INDEM State Convention is June 26th. I think that the best thing to do would be for the state party to allow a floor vote on the candidates for US Senate. Then in the subsequent days, the Central Committee could ratify the result of those votes, therefore allowing the Party Activists to have a vote on the matter and still following the rules.


Jon E. Easter said...

Who knows who will run? I just don't think it will be Congressman Carson.

Sean Shepard said...

With Bayh droppping out this close to the signature deadline to be on the primary ballot and with his competitor apparently falling short, does this leave the party leadership in a position to slate someone either by direct selection or by party caucus?

What about someone like Joe Donnelly or Brad Ellsworth? (Baron
"this is MY town hall meeting" Hill is a non-starter... no chance).

Senate race certainly got a lot more interesting today. Wowzer.

indystudent said...

Bayh's people making calls already. 2 PM presser at IUPUI. Thinking is Bayh is stepping aside because a) he doesn't want it any longer and b) Coats is weak, radioactive at this point, and a lesser candidate can still win.

Had Enough Indy? said...

Bayh screwed any Democrat except a party hand-slected person. The filing deadline is tomorrow and its too late to get all the needed signatures.

Sign me - 'still not happy with Evan Bayh'.

Nicholas said...

How can he leave without any time for any democrat to have a chance. He sounds very disheartened about the way things are in washington, however, you don't leave because you are frustrated on how the system is working, you work harder to fix the system. I think if any of the Congressional Candidates especially the current Congressman announce publicly their intent to run then if they don't win the nod then it hurts their chances in their home district? or can they find some one in either the bloody eighth or ninth in such a short time that has a shot of retaining those seats. I agree with Jon that Carson won't give up his Indy seat to run.

Red Parrot said...

Bye-Bye Bayh! And thanks a lot for leaving us in total chaos. Why didn't this conservadem announce this last year to give people a chance to raise funds?

Perhaps Bayh can now dedicate himself to the people he has really served while he was in the Senate: Big Pharma and WellPoint, where his wife sits on the board.

guy77money said...

hMM WITH Bayh out of the Senate how long will his wife be on these boards?

Anonymous said...

Very interesting analysis at dkos. Hostetler in a lobbyist and Coats...well, we know about him. But, other GOP's have until tomorrow to turn in their things.

Anonymous said...

Jon, I agree with most of what you say. I disagree with the state convention selecting the candidate. We need a candidate and one NOW who can raise money and make the circuits throughout the state. Bayh is not a team player and will share little of his $13 million that he is legally allowed to share. I expect that he will take a job with Wellpoint or some other healthcare related field. They owe him.

Christopher Jackson said...

Anonymous at 5:42 am. I was the one that mentioned the Convention vote, not Jon.