August 15, 2016

Beltway Bayh Caught In A Lie

Following a week in which the left-leaning Huffington Post reported that he had “made millions off corporate boards since leaving the senate,” and The New Republic exposed his close ties to banking industry lobbyists, calling him “Wall Street’s dream senator,” it seemed like the headlines couldn’t get any worse for Evan Bayh (D-Washington, D.C.).

Wrong. In the past 48 hours alone, key elements of Bayh’s biography have been exposed as either lies or liabilities.

First, an Indianapolis Star exposé delved into Bayh’s trips through the revolving door and apparent conflicts of interest that have watchdogs barking:

But government watchdogs say Bayh’s lucrative positions with companies that had an interest in legislation during his time in the Senate raise questions about the revolving door on Capitol Hill and make it difficult to determine whether he was working in the best interest of his constituents or potential employers.

Of particular interest are Bayh’s actions on several issues during his final months in office, said Julia Vaughn, policy director for Common Cause Indiana.

“We can’t get inside Senator Bayh’s mind and see what’s motivating him,” she said. “All we can do now is look back at the facts — and it sure does look suspicious.”

Further stoking suspicion about Bayh’s authenticity (or lack thereof), a breaking CNN report reveals that Bayh’s claim to have “never left” Indiana is a complete fabrication:

Evan Bayh pushed back at an interviewer last month when he was asked if he would move back to Indiana now that he is running to win back his old Senate seat.

“I’ve never left,” he told WISH-TV.

It turns out he did.

A CNN review of public records since Bayh left office in 2011 shows the Democrat repeatedly listed his two multi-million dollar homes in Washington as his main places of residence — not the $53,000 condo he owns in Indianapolis.

The kicker? Bayh didn’t even stay in his Indiana condo…when he was in Indiana:

Even when Bayh returned back to Indianapolis last summer for an Indiana Democratic Party dinner, he stayed at a JW Marriott just 12 miles away from his condo. A source with Indianapolis Power and Light said Bayh’s monthly electric bills averaged less than $20 per month since 2012, suggesting little — if any — use at his Indiana condo.

Bayh is relying on a beloved family name to get his old senate seat back, but the daily drumbeat of damaging revelations makes it clear he traded in his Hoosier roots for the smoke-filled backrooms of Washington and the boardrooms of Wall Street a long time ago.