The Republican Chair of the House Education Committee is facing Republican Michael Scott in the May Primary. Scott has some TV commercials running. Like spring dandelions, the florist's yard signs have popped up all around Decatur Township including some of the huge variety. Some of the biggest signs are along the road on the Richard Lugar Farm on Mann Road.
It's a smart ploy. I had a chance to speak with House 91's Democratic nominee, Patrick Lockhart. Lockhart says that he's been speaking with lots of teachers, and they seem united against Behning. Lockhart says teachers have had enough of Behning and are ready to brush him aside in 2014.
In many ways, a house district race is tougher than a statewide race. It shouldn't be, but it is. People know less about local races than state races, and those voters that would be needed to buck Behning's loyal primary-goers stay at home until the fall or until a Presidential year. Scott has to motivate these folks to get out. I'm not sure a few weeks of walking right before the primary will help. That's why it's going to take the same kind of phone calls to people in HD91 to beat Behning that teachers made to help beat Bennett.
Certainly, I wish Scott the best. If Behning loses, it's a good thing for education across the state. Of course, I'm in the tank for Patrick Lockhart. I think he's awesome and will make a tremendous House District 91 State Rep. Since Lockhart is unopposed now, I'll be working hard against whatever Republican wins the May Primary.