Brian Howey, as plugged in as anyone on Indiana politics, reports that Dan Coats, the former Indiana House member and Senator, who replaced Dan Quayle in that capacity, is plotting a comeback in 2010, poised to jump into the race against Sen. Evan Bayh. Coats was Senator from 1989-1999.

The problem is that, since then, he’s been living in Virginia where he works as a lobbyist for the likes of Bank of America.

Coats, who resigned from the Senate in 1999, voted in the Virginia primary and general elections in 2000, according to data from the Virginia Board of Elections, provided by a Democratic source.

He voted in Virginia again in the 2002 and 2004 general elections, while he was serving as U.S. Ambassador to Germany; in the primary and general elections in 2005; and in general elections in 2006, 2007, and 2008. Data from the most recent election wasn’t immediately available.

Coats residence, according to state election authorities, is in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Falls Chuch.

Believe me, none of this will get me or any of my colleagues on the “left wing blogs” to lift a finger on behalf of Evan Bayh, a symbol of practically everything wrong with the Democratic Party establishment. But you’d think that Republicans could scrounge up an Indianan to go against him.

David Dayen

David Dayen