September 12, 2016

With Campaign Struggling, Bayh Turns To His Strongest Supporters: DC Lobbyists

Evan Bayh’s flailing Senate campaign is holding an “emergency closed door polling briefing” this afternoon for his strongest supporters: DC lobbyists. Bayh’s campaign manager and pollster will attempt to explain to these high-powered DC lobbyists why Bayh’s lead has shrunk dramatically, even though Bayh has been outspending Congressman Todd Young on the airwaves.

The fact that Bayh’s campaign is spending their day pleading with DC lobbyists to not give up on their campaign, instead of talking with Indiana voters, shows why Bayh is in so much trouble. Bayh abandoned Indiana years ago, so all he’s got left are DC influence peddlers.

Developments from this weekend could not have highlighted this fact any clearer. As the Indianapolis Star showed this weekend, Bayh’s own “neighbors” had no clue he “lived” in their neighborhood:

“’I think that’s very concerning. Like you don’t even make your presence out here,’ said Patrice Rogers, 36. ‘I see him on TV all the time. But I didn’t know he lived out here. Shocking to me.’”

It’s pretty clear that Bayh prefers mansions in DC to living in Indianapolis:

“The place Bayh says is his residence is a one-bedroom condominium on the north side of Indianapolis, which he’s owned since 2002. But he has spent much time living in fancier, larger homes in Washington, D.C., since becoming a U.S. senator in 1998 and, later, when he went to work for a D.C. law firm in 2011.”

One fact that accentuates the degree to which Bayh has abandoned Indiana is the fact that, according to the Indianapolis Star, he pays more in property taxes on his beachfront condo in Key Biscayne, Fla than his Indianapolis property is worth.

Even worse for Bayh, he’s lied about moving back to Indiana. The former Senator once promised that he’d move back to Indiana once his children graduated high school. To no one’s surprise he now declined to comment on that broken promise, nor will he release his taxes.

Bayh abandoned Indiana, when Indiana needed a voice in Washington. It’s time Indiana voters return the favor.