Bayh Quitting To Run For President?

Really want to see a deer in the headlights?  Watch Bambi the next few days…

How much clearer could the message be?  Officials feeding at the trough that have Evan Bayh’s poll numbers don’t usually put down their utensils, take their bibs off, and push away from the table.  I mean really; how stupid do they think we are.

I would love for my Indiana based readers to let us all know the details behind this elected official that never hit the MSM.

Evan Bayh will not seek reelection

Sen. Evan Bayh will not run for re-election, a decision that will shock Democrats and Republicans alike in Indiana.

In prepared remarks, Bayh, 54, cited excessive partisanship that makes progress on public policy difficult to achieve as the motivation for his decision.

“After all these years, my passion for service to my fellow citizens is undiminished, but my desire to do so in Congress has waned,” he said.

“My decision was not motivated by political concern,” he added. “Even in the current challenging environment, I am confident in my prospects for re-election.”

“But running for the sake of winning an election, just to remain in public office, is not good enough,” Bayh said. “And it has never been what motivates me. At this time I simply believe I can best contribute to society in another way: creating jobs by helping grow a business, helping guide an institution of higher learning or helping run a worthy charitable endeavor.”

Only days ago, Bayh’s staff, close associates and Indiana Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker, who was manager of Bayh’s re-election campaign, had assured an Indianapolis Star reporter that he would definitely seek a third term in the U.S. Senate. And Democrats recently released a poll showing Bayh easily ahead of both former Sen. Dan Coats and former U.S. Rep. John Hostettler, two of the four Republicans seeking the GOP nomination.

Wow, he lied?  Imagine that!

But in his statement, Bayh cited recent stalemates in Congress.

“Two weeks ago, the Senate voted down a bipartisan commission to deal with one of the greatest threats facing our nation: our exploding deficits and debt. The measure would have passed, but seven members who had endorsed the idea instead voted ‘no’ for short-term political reasons,” he said.

“Just last week, a major piece of legislation to create jobs — the public’s top priority — fell apart amid complaints from both the left and right. All of this and much more has led me to believe that there are better ways to serve my fellow citizens, my beloved state and our nation than continued service in Congress.”

I will post vid of Mr. Bayh’s press conference this morning as it becomes available.

Yep – he’s not running for president…

2 thoughts on “Bayh Quitting To Run For President?”

  1. As a Hoosier, I am wondering where the media is getting the numbers that Bayh is a shoe-in for re-election? The most recent Rasmussen poll taken at the end of January, showed him having only 45% of Indiana voters supporting him. He has continually stated his internal polls show him with a large lead, I don’t buy it.

    He voted in favor of the Senate health care while only 37% of his constituents supported the legislation. And was instrumental in behind closed-door arm-twisting of other Democrats to support the bill.

    I am glad to see this politician leave the Senate, hopefully we will find a statesman to fill the position.

    And as for Dan Coats, who is being championed as the potential winner with Bayh gone.. don’t bet on it. Coats is a Senator turned lobbyist and a poser for the GOP. Coats did nothing for Indiana before when he was Senator and I doubt he has suddenly had a epiphany of conscience. Dan Coats is nothing more than someone who will walk lockstep with the Indiana GOP.

    The Rasmussen poll link:
    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections2/election_2010/election_2010_senate_elections/indiana/election_2010_indiana_senate

  2. Like Courage to See, I am hoping that we will be able to find Statesmen and Stateswomen to fill these positions. Let’s get back to the way our country was founded. No more politicians!

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