You would be mistaken if you thought that Democrats were going to quietly cede Evan Bayh’s Senate seat. Brad Ellsworth, the Democratic nominee to replace Evan Bayh in the Senate, is going on an offensive against his Republican opponent Dan Coats. The Ellsworth campaign released a “campaign report” to supporters by e-mail. It’s a six page PDF document that basically outlines the arguments that they will be making in the fall.
“Dan Coats chose to lobby for unsavory entities such as Bank of America, which participated in some of the worst excesses that triggered the financial crisis, and Harvest Natural Resources, an oil company owned by the socialist country of Venezuela,” the campaign report reads. They also point out that Coats received only 39 percent of the vote among Republicans. While Coats won the GOP primary, 61 percent of Republicans chose someone else.
It was already clear prior to this that Ellsworth would be running as the former sheriff that he was rather than the Congressman from Southern Indiana that he currently is. It was also pretty obvious that Dan Coats’ role as a lobbyist for banking interests and foreign governments would play heavily into the campaign. You can count on this race in Indiana between Ellsworth and Coats to be one of the most hard fought in the nation this fall.