IBJNews

GOP takes 2 Indiana congressional seats from Dems

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

Republicans defeated Democratic Rep. Baron Hill and captured another seat Tuesday that the party had targeted as part of its effort to win control of the U.S. House, but Rep. Joe Donnelly prevented a GOP sweep of Indiana's three swing districts.

Donnelly, who unseated a Republican in 2006 as Democrats won control of Congress, managed a narrow win over Republican Jackie Walorski to retain northern Indiana's 2nd district seat.

Republican Todd Young defeated Hill in southern Indiana's 9th district after the two parties spent millions on often-negative TV ads in the fight for the seat that Hill had won in five of the last six elections. Hill has been a leader of the moderate Blue Dog caucus of Democratic congressmen, but came under fire from Republicans for his votes supporting the federal stimulus and health care overhaul bills.

And Republican Larry Bucshon won southwestern Indiana's 8th district, taking back a seat that Democrat Brad Ellsworth won from Republicans four years ago but gave up for his unsuccessful bid for U.S. Senate.

"They don't like the direction the country is heading in with the current administration," Bucshon said of voters. "We need to get our federal spending under control immediately. Those are things we can tackle right away to spur the economy."

The win by Young, a 38-year-old attorney from Bloomington, came after he narrowly won the Republican primary with 34 percent of the vote over former Rep. Mike Sodrel and others. Young also got fundraising help from former Vice President Dan Quayle, who is his wife's uncle.

Donnelly faced an aggressive campaign from Walorski, a state legislator who was a tea party favorite and an outspoken conservative. The Democrat took an unusual jab at his party's leadership during the campaign, with a television ad that referred to climate change legislation as "Nancy Pelosi's energy tax."

Bucshon, a heart surgeon from Newburgh, defeated Democratic state Rep. Trent Van Haaften in the district that national Republicans had targeted as one to recapture since it was in GOP hands for more than a decade until Ellsworth unseated a Republican incumbent in 2006.

Bucshon will join at least two other Republicans as new congressmen. That includes state Sen. Marlin Stutzman in northeastern Indiana's 3rd District, taking the place of Republican Rep. Mark Souder, who abruptly resigned in May after he admitted having an extramarital affair with a staffer.

Stutzman, a favorite of tea party activists, said he believed voters were delivering a strong message to Washington because of their worries about the economy and disagreements with Obama.

"Spending is the issue, the economy, jobs. The policies coming out of Washington would kill jobs in this district," Stutzman said. "There was a resolve today, we could see it in people's faces. They were very determined that this is something that needed to be done."

Stutzman expects to take office this month since he also won a special election over Democrat Tom Hayhurst to complete Souder's term.

Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita, meanwhile, won in the 4th District to replace GOP Rep. Steve Buyer, who is retiring because of his wife's illness. Rokita called his win "part of this mission to take this country back." He also urged tea party voters to "stay engaged, keep us accountable."

Two Republican and two Democratic incumbent congressmen also won re-election in districts solidly in their party's column. Those are:

— Rep. Mike Pence, the third-ranking Republican in the U.S. House who has been mentioned as a possible candidate for governor or president.

— Republican Rep. Dan Burton, who won a 15th term after getting just 30 percent of the vote in a crowded May Republican primary in which several rivals argued it was time for him to go.

— Democratic Rep. Andre Carson, an unwavering supporter of Obama who won a second term to the Indianapolis seat he filled after the 2007 death of his grandmother, Rep. Julia Carson.

— Democratic Rep. Pete Visclosky won a 14th term from his heavily Democratic northwestern Indiana district.

ADVERTISEMENT

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

ADVERTISEMENT