Yesterday, a perfect defeat happened in Indiana, as Dick Lugar was defeated by Richard Mourdock. Mourdock ran a great campaign and really drove home the point that Lugar was an outsider. Lugar resides in Virginia, and he was mostly out-of-touch with his constituency. Now, it will be interesting to see how Mourdock will fare against his Democratic opponent, Rep. Joe Donnelly in the General Election.
In the meantime, we bid good bye to President Obama’s favorite Republican. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
MSNBC reports that Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) is not seeking re-election. He joins several other politicians who have decided to retire after facing difficult re-election bids and falling out of love with Congress.
“To put it in words I think most people can understand: I love working for the people of Indiana, I love helping our citizens make the most of their lives, but I do not love Congress,” Bayh said at a news conference Indianapolis, where he was joined by his wife and two sons.
“My decision should not be interpreted for more than it is, a very difficult, deeply personal one,” he said. “I am an executive at heart. I value my independence. I am not motivated by strident partisanship or ideology.”
See you later! I guess you really didn’t want to face what the voters really felt about you and your votes for Obama’s health care plan and the stimulus b.s..
Otherwise, if there is any shred of truth to this rumor, I will begin a Route 1 Riot in my own backyard. As someone who was born and raised in the People’s Republic of Maryland, you could only imagine the glee and joy that would ensue if Sen. Barbara Mikulski retired.
If you are a public official, you can’t avoid the spotlight and you must always be cautious what’s being said…or you’ll end up on YouTube. Rep. Baron Hill (D-Ind.) is headed for defeat in 2010.