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Longtime congressman Burton plans re-election bid

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Longtime Indiana Congressman Dan Burton says he plans to seek election to a 16th term next year after narrowly surviving tough Republican primary battles in his past two campaigns.

The 5th District that Burton first won in 1982 remains heavily Republican under the redistricting plan approved this spring by state legislators. It will include all of Hamilton County and the north side of Indianapolis, but loses some rural counties closer to Fort Wayne that Burton carried on his way to winning the 2008 and 2010 primaries.

The 72-year-old Burton told WIBC-FM that he still feels young and vigorous, and is ready for a fight.

Burton won with 30 percent of the vote in a crowded 2010 Republican primary in which rivals argued it was time for him to go.

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  • Get Out Dan
    He really needs to go. 16 terms??? That is crazy. His personal life is so screwed up, the guy actually cheated on his dying wife, then cheated on his girlfriend, but nothing any other Congressman hasn't done. He is so smug and condesending. I have seen him in action at restaurants, at charity events, and the like and he is so rude to people in the service industry. Get out Dan!
  • Time to go
    BerwickGuy, you are absolutely right. It's time for Burton to leave. If only a few more people would have gone to the polls when he was challenged...
  • Irony
    You want to challenge Sen. Lugar but have allowed Dan Burton to be re-elected 8 times? How does that make any sense?
  • Danny Burton
    Dan, We thank you for your service. It is not a rite or a country club. Please bow out gracefully before we throw you out.

    The process needs to change.....
  • Are we done yet?
    Maybe only one or two will go against him in the primary so he can be defeated. I find nothing in his personal ethics or legislative career that almost any other Republican couldn't do better

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