IN-Sen: Bayh retiring
by desmoinesdem, Mon Feb 15, 2010 at 10:52:27 AM EST
The Indianapolis Star reports that Senator Evan Bayh has decided not to run for re-election this year. (hat tip Josh Marshall)
In prepared remarks, Bayh, 54, cited excessive partisanship that makes progress on public policy difficult to achieve as the motivation for his decision.
“After all these years, my passion for service to my fellow citizens is undiminished, but my desire to do so in Congress has waned,” he said.
“My decision was not motivated by political concern,” he added. “Even in the current challenging environment, I am confident in my prospects for re-election.”
There goes another Democratic-held Senate seat. Not that Bayh did much for us, but losing his seat puts the Senate in reach for Republicans in a wave election.
UPDATE: Bayh has screwed us over even worse than I realized. The filing deadline in Indiana is just four days away. If any Democrat wants to run, he or she will need to collect 500 signatures from each of 9 congressional districts by then.
SECOND UPDATE: Apparently Democratic party leaders in Indiana will be able to choose a nominee by June 30. People are discussing the various options in this thread at Swing State Project. Possibilities include Representatives Brad Ellsworth and Baron Hill as well as Tim Roemer, a former member of Congress from Indiana, and Evansville mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel.
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