October 5, 2016

Five Clips That Show Evan Bayh No Longer Stands With Indiana Voters

No matter how hard DC power lobbyist Evan Bayh tries, he just can’t escape the fact that he left Indiana behind a long time ago. During an editorial board meeting with the Indianapolis Star, Bayh was repeatedly pressed on the fact that he lives in Washington, D.C., on his lack of knowledge about the issues Indiana voters care about, and his employment by a major financial firm.

No moment from the editorial board meeting better symbolizes why Bayh is having major residency issues than when he was asked about various local Indiana issues. Bayh had no answers because as he admitted, he hadn’t had time to keep up with these non-federal issues:

That was not the only occasion when the lack of time Bayh spends in Indiana became a problem for him. When Bayh was pressed on the fact that he lives in DC, he claimed that he only was really traveling outside of the Indiana. That’s an obviously false statement, made even more ridiculous because Bayh failed to mention that he owns two mansions in DC, as well as a luxury condo in Florida:

After Bayh’s neighbors told reporters that they’ve never seen him, combined with the fact that he couldn’t even remember his own address, Bayh must know that the fact that he lives in DC is an open secret. He even admits during the interview that he spends “most of his days” in DC, not Indiana:

The reason why Bayh chose to maintain his DC residency, even after his left the Senate in 2011, is because he’s been cashing in on his Senate connections ever since. Bayh had no answers when questioned about the appropriateness of selling out to major lobbying and financial firms just weeks after leaving the Senate:

The level of Bayh’s greed has unsettled many Indiana voters. Bayh did not help his case, during the editorial board meeting, when he lied about the efforts he undertook to help financial firms in the Senate. Bayh claimed today that he never voted for legislation that has helped out his future employer:

As an Indianapolis Star story from August shows, that’s a classic Bayh lie. In 2010, Bayh’s future firm, Apollo Global Management, fought against a Senate effort to impose new taxes on its profits. During the fight over certain tax provisions, Bayh proved an ally to the forces working against the tax hike:

“After receiving visits from private equity industry lobbyists, Bayh began to express concerns about the impact of the tax increase on the sales of a fund manager’s stake in a company, according to several media reports. His office also arranged for private equity lobbyists to meet with congressional tax analysts and Senate aides to complain about a tax increase on partnership sales, according to the Washington Post.”

Then, on June 16, 2010, Bayh voted against a bill that would have harmed those financial firms’ profits. Bayh sold out to those special interests then, and hasn’t stopped selling out in the subsequent 6 years. Indiana needs a firm ally in Washington, not someone whose vote is so easily bought.