This may be an interesting year on the political front.
Earlier today, Senator Bayh announced his retirement.
Here is at least part of his statement. He will make the Official deceleration today at 2:00 and IUPUI in Indianapolis.
“After all these years, my passion for service to my fellow citizens is undiminished, but my desire to do so in Congress has waned.
My decision was not motivated by political concern. Even in the current challenging environment, I am confident in my prospects for re-election. But running for the sake of winning an election, just to remain in public office, is not good enough, And it has never been what motivates me. At this time I simply believe I can best contribute to society in another way: creating jobs by helping grow a business, helping guide an institution of higher learning or helping run a worthy charitable endeavor.
Two weeks ago, the Senate voted down a bipartisan commission to deal with one of the greatest threats facing our nation: our exploding deficits and debt. The measure would have passed, but seven members who had endorsed the idea instead voted ‘no’ for short-term political reasons. Just last week, a major piece of legislation to create jobs — the public’s top priority — fell apart amid complaints from both the left and right. All of this and much more has led me to believe that there are better ways to serve my fellow citizens, my beloved state and our nation than continued service in Congress.”
Given the current state of affairs, I would expect that a republican will win his seat, but only time will tell.