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Indiana Dem Senate Candidate Brad Ellsworth- A Disaster Waiting To Happen?

It’s worth noting that the Indiana Democratic Party’s Central Committee (who will select the party’s senate candidate), must wait until after the May 4 primary to select their candidate. ~Louise

Thanks ALOT, Buh-Bayh… what a mess he has left in his wake.

Bil has the details of what’s happening in Indiana and it’s well worth the read. Some snippets:


Rep. Brad Ellsworth announced on Friday he would seek the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Evan Bayh. I touched on Ellsworth’s history of throwing LGBT people under the bus in a post last week for Huffington Post. Today I want to touch on two more aspects: how Ellsworth is not only wrong on many other issues that concern Hoosiers, but how he is following a path that will blow the seat for Democrats faster than an Indiana twister.

From reading Bil’s post and hitting the links, it appears Ellsworth isn’t so much a tornado as a nuclear disaster of a candidate- D’oh!


The problem is, Brad Ellsworth has been on the Republican side on all of it.

Health care? He voted for the House version of the health care bill, but only after becoming the only Indiana Democrat to vote for the GOP’s motion to recommit, which would have killed the bill. He even threatened to vote against the entire bill unless he got his way on his pet anti-choice proposal, and it’s no guarantee he’ll vote for a bill again.

Energy independence? Ellsworth voted against the American Clean Energy and Security Act bill.

Jobs? Ellsworth was just one of 11 House Democrats to vote against the President’s own stimulus bill- a bill that created jobs for Indiana, only reluctantly backing a smaller version later.

Bailouts? He voted to bail out Wall Street- twice- in late 2008. Foreclosures? He voted against the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009, which allows bankruptcy judges to modify mortgage loans to help families stay in their homes, among other means.

In other words, not only has Ellsworth tried to defeat legislation that would help middle-class Hoosiers who are struggling with their health care bills and mortgage payments, he’s following exactly the opposite of Greenberg’s advice– casting the kind of votes that will sink a candidate for the Senate.

He also sounds like he is a tad confused as to what party he’s in… (cough! DINO! cough!) And that leads into MAJOR problems with his voting base. Remind me again, why he’s being considered as a candidate?

Gonna be an interesting race this year… other names for the spot include Representative Baron Hill and- wait for it- aging ’80s rocker John “Cougar” Mellencamp.

Some days, you just can’t make this stuff up…


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