Friday, April 2, 2010
Republicans Far Outnumber Democrats in District 4, 5, and 7 Primary Fights
Led by an unbelievable 13 Republicans fighting for ONE seat in Indiana's 4th Congressional District, the Marion County U.S. House races are going to be interesting to watch.
Let's begin with the 7th Congressional District. Congressman Andre Carson has some perennial primary challengers on the Democratic side of the ballot. Bob Kern makes a return to the ballot this year along with Pierre Quincy Pullins. Also adding his name to the list is Carl Kakasuleff, who, according to a Google search, may actually be a stand-up comedian. Anyway, an upset by any of these folks...well...not expected.
It gets interesting on the Republican side though. Wayne Harmon is a veteran running for the seat. Perennial also-ran Marvin Scott is back with name recognition, but Carlos May received the party's nod at slating. We shall see if that carries him through.
In the 5th Congressional District, Democrats Tim Crawford and Nasser Hanna will battle it out to face one of a plethora of Republican challengers. Incumbent Dan Burton is, of course, going for his 2,347,925th term in Congress. He is hoping to take time away from the golf course enough to dust off one of these candidates who all seem well financed and most (not all) have name recognition: Ann Adcock, Andy Lyons, John McGoff, Brose McVey, Luke Messer, and Mike Murphy. McGoff ran for the seat in 2008. Messer and Murphy are current state legislators, and McVey challenged Julia Carson for Congress in 2002.
That leaves us with the mess that is the 4th Congressional District. With Steve Buyer retiring, it is a Republican free for all as David Sanders is, the only true Democrat running, according to my sources, both Tara Nelson and Mark Powell are former Republicans. So, enough about the Democratic race.
We need some help for the Republicans.
-CUE MICHAEL BUFFER-
NOW LADIES IN GENTLEMAN...IT'S TIME FOR THE MAIN EVENT (DING DING)...FROM THE BEAUTIFUL FOURTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IT'S TIME FOR THE BATTLE TO REPLACE BUYER....THE FIGHT IN FRANKFORT...THE MASH UP IN MONTICELLO...THE BASH IN BEDFORD...IT'S THE REPUBLICAN PRRRRRRRIMARYEEEEE...LLLLET'S GET RRRREADY TO RRRRRUMBLLLLLLLLLLLE!
THIRTEEN Republicans are battling it out. Some are known and some are not. So, here we go. Former Avon football coach Jon Acton, student Cheryl Allen, Mike Campbell, corrections officer Daniel Dunham, truck driver Jim Hass, Greenwood Mayor Charlie Henderson, State Sen. Brandt Hershman, "Firefighter Ron" Keith, Indiana Secrtary of State Todd Rokita, business professional Mark Seitz, engineering manager PJ Steffen, Hendricks County Commissioner Eric Wathen, and State Senator Mike Young.
For a complete run-down of the views, the Lafayette Journal-Courier has done its best to stay on top of the story here.
So, the primary races on the "R" side in these districts will certainly be a study in survival!