September 30, 2016

New York Times: Evan Bayh Is Airballing Senate Campaign

DC lobbyist and sometimes visitor to Indiana Evan Bayh is finding his race for Indiana’s U.S. Senate seat is not going to be a coronation. That’s become clear due to a New York Times report today that focuses on how Bayh’s rapacious appetite for cashing lobbyist checks in recent years has soured Indiana residents on his “return.”

Bayh used his many DC connections to cash in starting as a lobbyist and private equity adviser. Now his long tenure as a DC insider, especially in this year of outsiders, has left him under constant attack over the fact that he has “fraying connections” Indiana:

“In an election year in which many voters appear to be embracing outsider credentials over experience, Mr. Bayh could find that there are limits to the good will that voters will extend to a candidate with fraying connections to his home state.”

Still, once upon a time the Bayh name meant something in Indiana. Yet as the New York Times shows today, in just a few short months, instead of Hoosier values, Bayh’s actions have ensured that the Bayh name now stands for unbridled greed:

“’I was going to vote for him because he’s Evan Bayh. Evan Bayh!’ said Ms. Brown, 69, a Republican, who has fond memories of the Democrat who is seeking to take back his Senate seat after a more than five-year hiatus. ‘But then I saw all those commercials about all the money he made when he left office, and I think I am for the other guy now.’”

Evan Bayh’s laughable claim that he “missed public service” is especially offensive given how quickly Bayh became a lobbyist. Luckily for him, he won’t have enough time to miss lobbying after November.