Marlin Stutzman Takes the Lead Among the Grassroots
Dan Coats has a pretty website up now in Indiana. One thing you won’t there are the results of a devastating straw poll among tea party activists in Indiana.Marlin Stutzman dominated the poll with Coats finishing dead last.Now, I don’t put too much stock in straw polls, but they certainly are good at showing energy and trends. Compare it to the CPAC poll that had | Read More »
Baron Hill (D, IN-09) does not play well with others.
Which most people reading this already knew: but it’s now the Democrats’ turn to learn that. I don’t think that they’ll enjoy the lesson: Within hours of Indiana Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh’s retirement announcement last week, establishment Democrats in Indiana and Washington were signaling that Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.) was their preferred favorite to succeed him. And by Friday, the last day to file for | Read More »
Marlin Stutzman Gets Big Endorsement
The President Pro Tempore of the Indiana Senate is throwing his support behind Marlin Stutzman only a few days after seemingly looking at supporting Dan Coats. Long previously had talked about how he was torn between the candidacy of Stutzman – a friend and colleague – and former U.S. Sen. Dan Coats.But last week he called Stutzman young, bright, articulate and “exactly the kind of | Read More »
Ken Tomlinson: Can a Hoosier farmer produce another Massachusetts miracle for Republicans? | Washington Examiner
Ken Tomlinson has a great column about Marlin Stutzman. A notable buzz surrounded youthful Indiana State Sen. Marlin Stutzman as he was escorted around this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) by activist Donna Weisner. “Back in Indiana, they say he’s our Scott Brown,” she said proudly.Stutzman supporters elatedly boasted news of a Rasmussen poll that gives Stutzman a ten-point lead over the likely Democrat | Read More »
Meet Marlin Stutzman (R-CAND, IN-SEN).
Marlin, not Martin. Website here. Another CPAC interview.
Yeah, Democrats: you know that $13 million war chest of Bayh’s?
The one he’s not going to be needing anymore? Somehow I suspect that not much of it is going to find its way to the DSCC. Via Hot Air. Moe Lane “That would be one more than Congress has created in the last six months.” Wow, thanks! That’s going to be great for our campaign ads this fall, Senator. We can pretty much use that | Read More »
Will The Media Cover This Angle?
The media, liberal Republicans like David Frum, and every left-winger out there has for a year decried, bemoaned, ridiculed, and laughed at conservatives for an alleged “purity test” for candidates.I have been a chief target of those attacks from the Republican establishment, pundits, the left, and the media. Never mind that is was never true. I’ve always said the GOP should go right where it | Read More »
Blue Dog Day Afternoon
Evan Bayh’s announcement that he will retire this year, combined with the current state of the Democrat party reminds me of Al Pacino’s famous line in the 1975 film Blue Dog Day Afternoon. “I’m dyin’ here…” The stunning announcement by centrist Indiana Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh that he’s retiring from a Congress he no longer loves adds yet another name to a list of lawmakers | Read More »
Let’s help Tamyra D’Ippolito get the 500 votes she needs
This could be fun. Democrats in Indiana are trying to clear the field for Brad Ellsworth to run in Evan Bayh’s spot. Tamyra D’Ippolito is about 1000 votes short of getting her petition in for qualifying. Those of you in Indiana should go out of your way to help Tamyra get the signatures she needs by tomorrow at noon. Let’s help the Democrats have a | Read More »
Why We Should Rally Around Marlin Stutzman in Indiana
With the surprise announcement today of Democratic Senator and former Indiana Governor Evan Bayh retiring, the dynamics dramatically change for the Republicans in Indiana. The DC Republican crowd pushed former Senator Dan Coats into the race last week. I get that a lot of people will back Dan Coats. I have a lot of respect for Dan Coats. But the man retired in 1998 and | Read More »
2010 SEN +4 to +8 R at this point…
…and that +4 is me being nice and assuming that the Democrats will take two of the open R seats (they won’t) and keep two of Cook’s Democrat Tossup seats (they won’t do that, either). One of each sounds more likely, making the final total at least +6… and if we run the table at +8 it’s a 51/49 Senate. By the way: that’s not | Read More »
Evan Bayh to Retire
Evan Bayh is out in Indiana. Another sign of just how bad off the Democrats are.I have two words: Go Marlin.Guess I need to send Stutzman some more money.UPDATE: It appears the deadline to collect 5,000 signatures for the GOP is noon tomorrow. I suspect that means the field will be as it is for the GOP with no additions.Word is Congressman Ellsworth will be | Read More »
2/15 US Senate Election Projection- Dem 51 GOP 49 *GOP GAIN 1 since last projection*
Another one bites the dust. Evan Bayh’s retirement announcement in a state that voted 6 points more Republican than the national average and with a history (until 2008) of being safely Republican gives the GOP another pickup there. All of the data since my last projection, besides one poll out of Nevada giving Harry Reid at least a small gain in his numbers, shows the | Read More »
Indiana GOP Pushing Back on Dan Coats
This is an interesting article in the Politico today about the push back the Indiana GOP is giving the NRSC for anointing former Senator Dan Coats as the presumptive GOP nominee against Evan Bayh.Folks in Indiana aren’t pleased, inside or outside the party. One day after Coats announced his interest in the race, a Huntington, Indiana, Tea Party group circulated an e-mail with the subject | Read More »
Daniels Led Bayh by 10 in NRSC Poll, Not Asked to Run
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels today promised to remain neutral in his state’s upcoming Republican Senate primary, but admitted to being “startled” by Coats’ surprise candidacy. Former Senator Dan Coats is “just alarmed about the country, I can tell you that from talking to him,” Daniels said of Coats, who contacted the governor Monday about his potential challenge to Democratic Senator Evan Bayh. Many Republicans criticized | Read More »