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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
Edited on Fri Feb-19-10 04:54 PM by jaysunb
Source: AP

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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The Northerner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-19-10 05:00 PM
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1. Yes!
Does anyone have any polls which indicate how well stacks against the Repubs?
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provis99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-19-10 05:02 PM
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2. this blows.
So the choice is either idiot Republican, or idiot Republican disguised as a Democrat. So much for democracy in Indiana.
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ColesCountyDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-19-10 05:07 PM
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4. Indiana is the 'Mississippi of the Midwest'.
Edited on Fri Feb-19-10 05:07 PM by ColesCountyDem
The chances of electing a bona fide liberal to the US Senate seat are about the same as having a blizzard in Equatorial Guinea...
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-19-10 07:19 PM
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10. There is a difference between "not liberal" and "socially conservative."
Even a Blue Dog is not necessarily a Stupak.
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ColesCountyDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-20-10 12:05 AM
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19. Anf not every 'social conservative' is necessarily some Neanderthal, either.
That's the problem with one-size-fits-all labels...
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ColesCountyDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-19-10 05:05 PM
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3. You won't find a Ted Kennedy in Indiana...
He's smart, he's electable and can be depended on for strict party-line votes; liberal he's not...
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-19-10 07:24 PM
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11. You will find very few Ted Kennedys in Washington, D.C. There is a lot of ground
between a Ted Kennedy and a Bart Stupak; and this guy sounds as though he could be another Bart Stupak. If he is, I'm not sure how much I care if he gets elected or not.

For me, it's not about simply the sheer mechanics of putting a (D) after a name. The votes have to match.
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movonne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-19-10 05:20 PM
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5. There might be some hope if Mellenkamp runs...
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-19-10 07:25 PM
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12. Any sign at all that he is considering it?
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SlingBlade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-19-10 05:58 PM
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6. Blue Dog !
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-19-10 07:28 PM
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13. Aka, Purple Snake! Purple Turd! (Only the true deserve the blue.)
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xxqqqzme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-19-10 06:20 PM
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7. trading Bayh for a Bayh wannabe.
That's real progress. I am sooooo glad I don't live there anymore. I grew up in Evansville. My cousin was the mayor when I was a teenager. He was a multiple term Democrat. That is not likely to happen today.
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SemperEadem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-19-10 06:44 PM
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8. DEMS DO NOT NEED ANY MORE SOCIALLY CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATES!!!
Dude needs to just sit down and stfu. We don't need a replacement cog for the wheel---we need a whole new wheel.
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ColesCountyDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-19-10 06:55 PM
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9. We do, if we plan on electing a Dem US Senator from Indiana. n/t
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-19-10 07:32 PM
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14. A (D) after a name is not what makes someone a Democrat. Sometimes, that's only false
advertising.

Besides, Obama took Indiana. I bet, before that, everyone was saying a Democratic Presidential candidate would not be able to do that.

Sometimes, conventional wisdom is more conventional than wisdom.
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SkyDaddy7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-19-10 07:56 PM
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16. I will never understand some people...
Just reading some of these comments it seems some folks think a true progressive candidate could get elected in Indiana. Maybe if the Republicans get back in power and finish the job of completely destroying this country but not now...The country is going tea baggin! Mass delusion!
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ColesCountyDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-20-10 12:03 AM
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18. I live right next door in Illinois, and a 'blue dog' IS 'liberal', for Indiana...
It infuriates me to read the 'might as well elect a Republican' type stuff! Those who write that are completely clueless about just how conservative Indiana is...
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SkyDaddy7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-20-10 06:35 PM
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21. I know!
Edited on Sat Feb-20-10 06:36 PM by SkyDaddy7
The same logic applies to the rest of the country overall...We are coming off 30 years of Conservative Values & many folks have not got the message those values nearly killed our economy/Capitalism! The Conservatives have a majority of the country thinking any tax hike is bad regardless of the reason but yet they want the Government to fight wars, provide Medicare & balance the budget. It will take time & probably another period under Conservative rule before enough of the country is focused on the REAL problems! We have not spent any money on US in 30yrs!

The Republicans still have the ability to scare just enough of the public with simple words & slogans (Liberals, Socialism, Communism, Nazis, Big Government, America is Christian Nation, etc.) to win elections...Its SAD because the public actually needs an education and that is where our Media is failing us!

Folks here on DU thought just because Obama won the country had changed, NOT!!
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RainDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-21-10 12:50 AM
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23. Indiana is not one state
the rural areas of Indiana are a lot like the south.

the urban areas are all democratic. their reps indicate that liberals are, in fact, alive and well in Indiana - they just fight it out with Cato Institute libertarians and religious right fanatics. at the state level, party politics decides and they do not represent the variety of liberal political affiliation that is evident at the city and county levels in democratic parts of the state.

the split in Indiana is indicated at the local levels. Andre and Julia Carson have both represented Indy and both are Af-Am.

bloomington had a female mayor twenty years ago and a hispanic mayor in the near past - without any significant hispanic population to put him in office. bloomington has elected greens as county council members. city council members talk about issues of peak oil and have for years. bloomington has one republican on the city council and he's a moderate. the town has been solid blue for decades.

Forbes ranked bloomington as one of the top five places in the nation to start a business b/c it has an educated populace in a beautiful setting that is the location of one of the most wired universities in the U.S. - with the skill sets that implies-- and had this designation years ago. approx. one-third of the population is comprised of undergrads and grads students. it is a "factory" town and the factor is a University with a student population numbering around 37k-ish.

...and all that said... others in Indiana refer to it as "the people's republic of bloomington." I hear old white men nuts screech about that socialist canada and wish I could smack some sense into the stupid old bastards, but realize the effort would be wasted. even tho bloomington is a nice place to live, Indiana is getting on my last nerve with the people it sends to DC. they're not particularly inspiring - in fact the opposite is true, to me.
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Better Today Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-19-10 07:42 PM
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15. I don't think he can just decide to run. The closing date for that is
past. Has the Central Committee decided if they plan on setting him on the ballot or are others still being considered?
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RainDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-19-10 08:58 PM
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17. I cannot believe he is going to be the candidate.
this just makes me want to puke.

I can't vote for him. he's anti-choice. he's part of the problem. I would rather have a clearly defined enemy than one who claims he's on my side but stabs me in the back.
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penndragon69 Donating Member (409 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-20-10 12:17 AM
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20. I'll vote for whom ever the Democratic candidate is.
Edited on Sat Feb-20-10 12:19 AM by penndragon69
I may have to hold my nose when voting for the man, but it's still better
than ANY republiCON / corporate lobbyist like dan coats.

It's just too bad that Indiana can't find a Franken or a Grayson in these
idiotic corn fields of the nether world.

not to mention anyone like Bernie Sanders.
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RainDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-21-10 12:30 AM
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22. I disagree
Ellsworth is a religious right conservative.

He will not get my vote.

As far as I'm concerned, he's a stealth candidate for the theocrats. He has more in common with Scalia than with the democratic base in Indiana.
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