Bye Bayh, Thanks for All the Cash (Not)
Thanks for all your hard work helping to elect a Democrat in your stead in Indiana. Tell us again how much you hated raising money to run for the Senate?
He didn’t lose his race, and he wasn’t down in the polls. He’s just, well, leaving. And one of the reasons is that he’s tired of raising money. “It’s miserable,” he said. “It is not uncommon to have a fundraiser for breakfast, for lunch and for dinner, and if you have spare time in between, you go to an office off Capitol Hill and you dial for dollars. Then the weekend rolls around, and you get on a plane and travel the countryside with a tin cup in your hand. And it gets worse each cycle.”
The problem, he argued, isn’t just that raising money is unpleasant, or just that it gives the rich too much sway, or just that it makes the public cynical (“You want to be engaged in an honorable line of work,” Bayh said, “but they look at us like we’re worse than used-car salesmen”). The real problem is that it means lawmakers can’t do their jobs.
So, you got out of the money-grubbing as soon as you could, right, Evan?
Retiring Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh is sitting on a mountain of campaign cash that could help advance his political career, even as Democratic leaders urge senators to dig deep into their pockets right now to help save their threatened congressional majority.
Bayh’s latest Federal Election Commission report shows that he still has $10.3 million in his campaign account – a staggering amount for a lame duck senator — but he has yet to transfer any of that money to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Couldn’t even keep his own seat in the party, what a total loser this guy is:
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Dan Coats defeated Brad Ellsworth in Indiana’s Senate race on Tuesday, scoring a pick-up for the Republican Party in the Midwest. Coats will now head back to the institution he retired from in 1998. Coats takes the seat of retiring Democrat Evan Bayh.
First called pick-up of the night, in a state where the incumbent is sitting on ten million dollars he hated raising. Go figure, does this guy have a future in politics or what?
I say: what.