Monday, March 2, 2015

Hill Still Considering Gubernatorial Bid

Baron Hill
Baron Hill has made some noise about running for Governor.

The former U.S. Representative certainly fits the bio for a Democrat that might do well statewide.  He's no liberal and usually finds himself somewhere in the middle politically.  In Congress, he was a member of the blue dog Democrats.

His experience is a great asset.  Hill served in the Indiana House for eight years before leaving to run for Senate.  He was unsuccessful in that campaign against Dan Coats which was to fill out the remaining term of Vice President Dan Quayle.

After a few years in private life, Hill returned to public life and ran for Congress in 1998.  He would be reelected in 2000 and 2002.  In 2004, Mike Sodrel tripped him up, but Hill returned in 2006 to reclaim the seat and held on to it again in 2008.  In 2010, Hill was swept out of office by the Republican tide in that election giving way to Todd Young.  Since then, Hill has been doing a variety of things including what many former legislators do...opened up a lobbying business.

So now, he's refreshed again and apparently wants to explore a run for Governor after six years.  He says he will decide this month.

I think Hill brings a lot of baggage with him that makes him a much easier target to politically attack than some of the other candidates.  One of his biggest faux pas came on the campaign trail in 2010.  When video of him inartfully handling a question from a young journalist came to light.  Hill came off looking very bad in the clip, and I would assume that video would show up again.  In many parts of Indiana, Hill's vote for Obamacare likely won't go over well, either.  The baggage of a voting record in Congress can certainly be a problem.

There's no question, however, that Hill would be a good candidate for Governor.  He can raise money, and he knows how to do retail politics.  Nothing I mentioned in the above paragraph is, in itself, a problem that cannot be overcome with a strong campaign.

Baron Hill remains a name to watch for 2016.

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