Former federal prosecutor plans run against Burton

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A former federal prosecutor joined the race to unseat longtime Indiana Congressman Dan Burton on Tuesday.

Susan Brooks announced she will challenge Burton in the May 2012 Republican primary to represent Indiana's 5th District. She joins challenger John McGoff in the race, which former Rep. David McIntosh also has said he might enter.

"I think that after the last race two-thirds of the (Republican primary) voters did not vote for the incumbent, I think they're interested in finding new leadership," Brooks said Tuesday.

Burton first won election in 1982 to represent the district covering much of central Indiana. But he narrowly won GOP primaries in 2008 and 2010 and Statehouse Republicans redrew his district this year to exclude many of the areas that went heavily for him in those races.

Brooks was the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana in 2001-2007 and was a deputy mayor under former Indianapolis Mayor Steve Goldsmith before then. If she wins the seat she would leave her job as vice president and general counsel for Ivy Tech Community College.

Former Indiana Republican Party Chairman Murray Clark is co-chairing Brooks' campaign.


  • Improvement?
    Bob, Susan Brooks was part of the Goldsmith administration and was a very bad U.S. Attorney, who didn't do anything about white collar crime. Her husband is David Brooks. If you don't know David Brooks ask anyone involved with the Marion County GOP and they will have very bad things to say. I'd much rather have another 2 years of Burton than to put a Brooks into Congress.
  • representation
    My sense of a representative democracy is that you vote for people with similar values who are smarter or more informed than you and then trust them to make wise decisions. I don't want blind party loyalty and I do want intelligence. I can't say I'd trust Burton for anything but picking a golf club.
    Both Brooks and McGoff would be a huge improvement. I anyone else who can't win will stay out and endorse anyone other than Burton.
  • Too many candidates
    Can some Repubs show restraint so we do not have another situtation where Dan Burton gets re-elected as a result of too many individuals throwing their hat in the ring?

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