Skip to comments.Bye, Bye, Bayh -- From the Senate? (Evan Bayh may run for Governor)
Posted on 01/06/2007 12:09:30 PM PST by Clintonfatigued
week after Sen. Evan Bayh announced he would not run for the Democratic nomination for president in 08, speculation is gradually mounting in Washington and Indiana that the two-term senator will instead run in two years for the job he held from 1988-96 and reportedly loved more than being in the Senate -- governor of the Hoosier State.
Sources close to Bayh, who explored and then opted against a bid for the White House, does not like the pace in the Senate and the hours that keep him from coming home to dinner with wife Susan and their twin sons. As governor, the same sources said, Bayh was more in control of his schedule and preferred being an executive to being a legislator.
Should Bayh run for the governorship, he would be an instant favorite over Republican incumbent Mitch Daniels, who served as head of the Office of Management and Budget under George W. Bush. In recent months, Gov. Daniels has seen his popularity diminish over his handling of state spending issues.
If Bayh wins his old job back, the same sources have already guessed whom he would name to fill the remaining two years of his Senate term: Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson, Bayhs close friend and former top aide.
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If Bayh wants to return to the Governorship, he can probably have it. Mitch Daniels is not held in high regard at this time.
potential Republican pickup in the Senate.
He isn't up for reelection until 2010. So he will appoint someone as his successor.
It is easier to knock off an appointee that an elected incumbent and Indiana is a red state. Politics and war are both won in the long term but fought in the short term.
How many states have Dem Governors ?
More than Republican governors, although the exact number escapes me.
Off the top of my head I believe there are 28 Democratic Governors and 22 Republicans.
MyGOP is correct, it is 28D-22R
As of January 2007, here are the states with Dem Governors:
And with Republican Governors:
Yah, he'll walk over Daniels, that's true. But he wasn't that bad of a Governor, and the Senate seat would instantly become competitive.
Ah yes. Senator to Governor to POTUS.
That avenue didn't work for Pete Wilson.
That's a number our side needs to pay attention to ... because it could be real trouble
Thanks for the info!
It's always trouble when we're trailing.
It was worse, however, back prior to the '94 elections, when the breakdown was 30D-18R-2I:
Actually, it would be Governor to Senator to Governor to POTUS, but I doubt he'll ever run for President if he isn't going to now. This seemed on paper to be his big break, and he's canning it.
Daniels for Senate?
If Daniels loses his re-election bid, I'm guessing his political career is over.
"If Daniels loses his re-election bid, I'm guessing his political career is over."
Gov. Daniels really was not too impressed with running for Governor at first - but the State Party convinced him otherwise. He doesn't seem too concerned about going on past the Governor's job.
He'll go back into either a staff position or get a corporate board position somewhere.
28, which is too many.
Yep .. especially with this group of Dems and something we really need to watch
No. Mike Pence for Senate.
Bayh, the prima donna, doesn't like the fact that he is just one a 100 dogs instead of the top dog. He can stay in DC.
Mike Pence for Senate!
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