Rep. Brad Ellsworth Will Seek Indiana Senate Seat

Democratic Congressman Brad Ellsworth, who represents the Eight Congressional District in Indiana, is set to announce that he will seat the Senate seat left vacant by the retirement of Senator Evan Bayh.

More details from WFIE-Evansville:

Democratic Congressman Brad Ellsworth told 14 News Friday morning that he has decided he wants to take Evan Bayh's place in the U.S. Senate.

Ellsworth is in his second term from southwestern Indiana's 8th district and has been mentioned as a possible choice for Democrats since Bayh's unexpected announcement Monday that he wouldn't seek a third Senate term.

The 51-year-old Ellsworth has won by big margins in both his congressional campaigns.

He was a career police officer and was twice elected as sheriff in Vanderburgh County sheriff.

Others have expressed interest in being the Democratic nominee like Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr.

On Thursday, the representatives with the Democratic party said they had spoke with State Representative Trent VanHaaften about running for Ellsworth's congressional seat if he decides to run for Senate.

 

Tags: Indiana Senate Race, Rep. Brad Ellsworth (all tags)

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trails in Ras poll

Down 10 according to Scott.  Excellent candidate but his ties to DC and the bad environment for Democrats make it a tough race.  His best chance is that the contrast message takes hold.

Despite Ellsworth's conservatism on many issues, he's still better than a Republican.

 

by esconded 2010-02-19 12:22PM | 0 recs
Teriffic

Now Democrats will lose a House seat AND a Senate seat. 

by Kent 2010-02-19 04:48PM | 0 recs
Sadly, Ellsworth is just another BlueDog homophobe

Ellsworth has a long history of homophobia in the House.  He consistently votes against anything that has the word gay near it - his voting record is actually much worse than many Republicans.  He is uncomfortable with a Women's right to choose and opposed the public option in health care reform.

He's just another DINO - if he gets the nomination I hope he looses.

by mwfolsom 2010-02-20 01:50AM | 0 recs
RE: Sadly, Ellsworth is just another BlueDog homophobe

"long history".. .he's been in the House 3 years.  His record is NOT worse than ANY Republican and he voted for the health care reform bill.  He represents a very rural, very conservative part of our state.  The only Democrats to win statewide here come from Southern Indiana and have all been conservatives.

Try understanding the dynamics of a state before commenting about it.

by Vox Populi 2010-02-21 10:06AM | 0 recs
RE: Sadly, Ellsworth is just another BlueDog homophobe

I understand the dynamics of the state, it's the national dynamics once he get's into the senate I am worried about.

by vecky 2010-02-21 03:39PM | 0 recs

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