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jaysunb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-19-10 04:51 PM
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Dem. Rep. Ellsworth to run for Bayh Senate seat
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Edited on Fri Feb-19-10 04:54 PM by jaysunb
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INDIANAPOLIS Democratic Rep. Brad Ellsworth said Friday that he will run for Evan Bayh's Senate seat, giving his party a socially conservative candidate who could have broad appeal with Indiana voters.

Ellsworth, 51, announced his decision to run in his hometown of Evansville. The two-term congressman issued a statement saying the problem-solving experience he gained during his 24 years with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Department the last eight as sheriff would serve him well in the increasingly partisan Senate.

"Sheriff is a job that comes down to protecting families from harm, helping folks solve their problems or resolve their disputes, and just being willing to put your fellow citizens' best interests ahead of your own," Ellsworth said. "When I look at the U.S. Senate these days, I sure think they could use more folks with those same qualities."

Ellsworth emerged as a leading Democratic choice after Bayh's surprise announcement Monday not to run again. He is considered an attractive candidate because he won by big margins in both his campaigns in his largely rural congressional district in southwestern Indiana.

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  -Dem. Rep. Ellsworth to run for Bayh Senate seat jaysunb  Feb-19-10 04:51 PM   #0 
  - Yes!  The Northerner   Feb-19-10 05:00 PM   #1 
  - this blows.  provis99   Feb-19-10 05:02 PM   #2 
  - Indiana is the 'Mississippi of the Midwest'.  ColesCountyDem   Feb-19-10 05:07 PM   #4 
     - There is a difference between "not liberal" and "socially conservative."  No Elephants   Feb-19-10 07:19 PM   #10 
        - Anf not every 'social conservative' is necessarily some Neanderthal, either.  ColesCountyDem   Feb-20-10 12:05 AM   #19 
  - You won't find a Ted Kennedy in Indiana...  ColesCountyDem   Feb-19-10 05:05 PM   #3 
  - You will find very few Ted Kennedys in Washington, D.C. There is a lot of ground  No Elephants   Feb-19-10 07:24 PM   #11 
  - There might be some hope if Mellenkamp runs...  movonne   Feb-19-10 05:20 PM   #5 
  - Any sign at all that he is considering it?  No Elephants   Feb-19-10 07:25 PM   #12 
  - Blue Dog !  SlingBlade   Feb-19-10 05:58 PM   #6 
  - Aka, Purple Snake! Purple Turd! (Only the true deserve the blue.)  No Elephants   Feb-19-10 07:28 PM   #13 
  - trading Bayh for a Bayh wannabe.  xxqqqzme   Feb-19-10 06:20 PM   #7 
  - We do, if we plan on electing a Dem US Senator from Indiana. n/t  ColesCountyDem   Feb-19-10 06:55 PM   #9 
     - A (D) after a name is not what makes someone a Democrat. Sometimes, that's only false  No Elephants   Feb-19-10 07:32 PM   #14 
     - I will never understand some people...  SkyDaddy7   Feb-19-10 07:56 PM   #16 
        - I live right next door in Illinois, and a 'blue dog' IS 'liberal', for Indiana...  ColesCountyDem   Feb-20-10 12:03 AM   #18 
           - I know!  SkyDaddy7   Feb-20-10 06:35 PM   #21 
           - Indiana is not one state  RainDog   Feb-21-10 12:50 AM   #23 
  - I don't think he can just decide to run. The closing date for that is  Better Today   Feb-19-10 07:42 PM   #15 
  - I cannot believe he is going to be the candidate.  RainDog   Feb-19-10 08:58 PM   #17 
  - I'll vote for whom ever the Democratic candidate is.  penndragon69   Feb-20-10 12:17 AM   #20 
     - I disagree  RainDog   Feb-21-10 12:30 AM   #22 

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