Bayh likely to run for governor, party official says

September 7, 2010
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Expect Sen. Evan Bayh to announce a run for governor after the first of the year, a supporter says.

Ed Treacy, chairman of the Marion County Democratic Party, thinks the likelihood is high that Bayh will seek back the office he held for two terms ending in 1996 before moving to his current seat.

When Bayh shocked even Democratic insiders in February by announcing he was retiring from the Senate, he made a point of saying that he had learned that he prefers running things to being stuck in partisan gridlock.

Treacy noted that Bayh showed up for the annual Indiana Democratic Editorial Association Convention in French Lick late last month. Observing that Bayh hadn’t been at the event in years, Treacy says, “That speaks volumes for him about his priorities.”

Probably not so coincidentally, Tim Kaine, chairman of the Democratic National Committee and a former governor of Virginia, arrived to speak.

If Bayh tossed his hat in the ring, virtually everyone else in the party would clear out, Treacy says. Being Democrats, though, someone is bound to test the establishment: “It doesn’t mean Joe Schmoe wouldn’t run against him; I guarantee ya [Bayh] would win.”

Bayh has been knocking on doors. In April, he was passed over to run the NCAA here in Indianapolis. That job went to University of Washington President Mark Emmert, who took over for Miles Brand after Brand died from cancer.

If Bayh were to run and win, he’d likely ride a crest of rising tax revenue with a recovering economy, which would open doors to fund full-day kindergarten and possibly some health care initiatives, Treacy says.

Cynics suggested he left the Senate to avoid campaigning for another term in a year when anti-incumbency fever was running high. Do you think Bayh’s name comes to the minds of most Hoosiers who are in a throw-the-bums-out mood?

How would you feel if Bayh wanted to be governor again? Would he win, and what would a third term look like?

  • Bayh
    I have always felt he cares deeply about Indiana. I would hope his experience in Washington would be valuable to him and to the state. If he would get us out of the rock ages and demand a state-wide smoking ban I would vote for him. Mitch has let us fall further behind in promoting a healthy Indiana.
    • Back to the Future
      First Dan Coats and now Evan Bayh. Is that all we have? Where's the new leadership in this state?
    • CK
      Sorry, CK, but Mitch has led by example of how to live a healthy life. Most people will eat what they want and when they want without regard to what it is doing to them. Then, they don't exercise to partially offset their eating habits.

      Perhaps if health plans paid benefits according to healthy life styles, we would get somewhere.

      Bayh, you have to be kidding. He's in it for himself in an attempt to further his presidential aspirations. What legacy did he leave us with? The number 3 state in gambling activity or something like that?

    • His "hero single mothers" for father's day

      In Bayh's 2010 letter editor for the Indianapolis Star, for Father's Day, talked on â??heroic single mothersâ??. Somehow, Bayh believes women who have children they can't afford with men they claim are unworthy are "heroic." Yet, men doing the same activity are deadbeats. Not the type of logic I want in office. Seems like rewards to women and punishing men is not a good solution. Just look at the tax burden for single mothers. Perhaps equal support and equal time would make everyone a hero.

      We need people in office who believe parents should be treated equally. A very simple task.

      Bayh's Father's day attack on fathers demonstrates he lacks leadership and common sense.

    • Bayh for Governor??
      Evan did nothing for the state for eight years, but smile for the camera. He was one of the most 'do nothing' governors the state has ever had. Why would anyone want to vote for him again??
      • oh joy
        Evan Bayh vs. Becky Skillman? LMAO.
      • Bayh who
        Evan does not even have a residence here does he ? He cannot even find his way around town.
        Nice guy, been in the political arena too long. Besides we do not want him to screw up the success Mitch has accomplished.
      • Probably not
        More like Evan Bayh vs. Luke Kenley or Mike "Send 'em Home" Delph. (But I'd pay to see Evan Bayh vs. Mike Pence.)

        And don't try the "not a resident" thing was found to be irrelevant last time Bayh ran for Governor (even though true).
      • No Surprise
        Surely no one can really be surprised that Evan Bayh is considering a run for Gov. I'd consider voting for him as long as he runs a positive and not a negative-how-horrible-Daniels-has-been campaign. I think I'd rather see him mentor good, strong, moderate next generation leaders. Same for Lugar. He will be a loss to international affairs, and he really should be mentoring a moderate to follow him.
      • Lets keep going forwards not backwards
        It took Mitch his first term to clean up 16 years debt and do nothing Democrats. I think Hoosiers are smart enough to understand that he did nothing for us the first time. He did nothing and made no decisions he was a good fence rider.Maybe there is a career in fence riding some where but not in this great state.We do not need him again. Maybe Hillary will take him, when she runs against Obama !!!!
      • WTH?
        We are just starting to get to the point where we've cleaned up his mess. If he's reelected, I am out of here. Indiana will be completely screwed up and broke in short order with Evan Bayh as governor.

        Good grief
      • Bye Bayh....
        He's just trying to stay relevant for another failed presidential run! My co-workers and I called this 2 seconds after he said he was leaving the Senate!! I'd love to see a Bayh vs. Bosma ticket or a Pence ticket! I was even an intern under Bayh in college and just did busy work and he was never around!! All smoke and mirrors!!
      • Bye Bye Bayh
        Paul, you are exactly right - Bayh did NOTHING in 8 years in office except leave behind a huge mess for the late Gov. O'Bannon. He spends so much time on the fence or in the center that he never takes a stand on anything.

        If he does come back, he'll only stay as long as it takes him to establish a foothold in the presidential primaries.

        He's all talk, no substance.
      • Best
        Bayh was the best governor IN has had in my lifetime. Under his tenure, we went from a state that was financially 'in the hole', to one that had a surplus. It didn't take long for his successor to put us back in the hole, and subsequent governors haven't been any better. I lean Republican/Independent, but would not hesitate for one second to vote for Evan Bayh for anything from dog catcher to President.

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