Friday, May 3, 2013

What Would Todd Young Do?

Rep. Todd Young
Congressman Todd Young just changed his website name from toddyoungforcongress.com to toddyoung.org.  That has prompted one Washington publication to decide that something might be up.

Roll Call's Shira Toeplitz wrote an article about Young and what he might do in the not-so-distant future.  The choices for Young, according to Toeplitz, might be to run for Senate in 2016 or 2018 or for Governor in 2016 or 2020.  Some of the chess pieces would need to move around, but it makes sense, and I don't know why I didn't think about it.

I think the most likely of the scenarios is that Young runs for an open seat when Dan Coats retires in 2016.  Coats has not yet said if he will run for reelection, but he will be 73 years old just a few days after the primary.  While he remains in good shape, he may be ready to retire back to North Carolina.  If Coats decides to retire, Young would be well-positioned to vanquish what would likely be a crowded Primary field.  Less likely would be a run for Governor in 2016.  I think Pence will be back to run for reelection.

2018 would be tougher.  An expensive primary and then an incumbent opponent with a big war chest: that's what Young would be up against in a Senate run against Joe Donnelly.  2020 is just too far off at this point.

Young's spokesperson told Toeplitz that the move was simply to move to a shorter URL for the website.  I guess we'll have to keep watching.

No comments: