Right Wing Former Congressman John Hostettler Challenging Evan Bayh for U. S. Senate

The Associated Press reports that Republican Former 9th District Congressman John Hostettler is running against Senator Evan Bayh in 2010:

Ex-GOP Rep. Hostettler announces Bayh challenge

Associated Press – December 3, 2009 1:34 PM ET

BLAIRSVILLE, Ind. (AP) – Former Indiana Republican Congressman John Hostettler has announced that he will seek the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Evan Bayh next year.

Hostettler represented the state’s 8th Congressional District covering much of southwestern Indiana for 12 years before he lost in a landslide to Democrat Brad Ellsworth in 2006.

Hostettler says he’s running in part because there’s too much power in Washington, D.C., and Wall Street, and that Bayh and the Democrat-controlled Congress will continue to reap trillions of dollars of debt onto future generations.

State Sen. Marlin Stutzman of Howe, Richmond financial adviser Don Bates Jr. and Fishers businessman Richard Behney also are seeking the Republican nomination for Bayh’s seat.

Hostettler is currently an engineer who lives in the southwestern Indiana city of Blairsville.

Hostettler Challenges Senator Bayh

Hostettler Challenges Senator Bayh

Hostettler made the announcement through the youtubes placing the blame for the economy squarely at the feet of Senators Bayh and Snate Majority Leader Harry Ried:

Politico offers the following:

In a YouTube video, Hostettler repeatedly ties Bayh to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, blaming the pair for what he calls a failed economic stimulus package.

“Hoosiers need real jobs created by real companies that are not taxed and regulated to death by new big government boondoggles like government-run health care and cap-and-trade,” Hostettler says. “These new programs will only push jobs out of Indiana.”

Hostettler’s 12-year House career ended in 2006 in a crushing loss against now-Rep. Brad Ellsworth. During his time in Congress, Hostettler ranked among the most conservative members, but often proved to be a thorn in the side of House Republican leadership. In 2002 Hostettler was one of only six Republicans to vote against the Iraq war resolution and is a longtime critic of an expanded U.S. military presence abroad.

Bayh, a contender to be Barack Obama’s running mate in 2008 and an oft-mentioned prospective candidate for national office, won reelection in 2004 with 62 percent of the vote.

A member of the Republican class of 1994, Hostettler was a top Democratic target during his six House terms. He was known for his narrow victories and weak fundraising, a habit which cost him in 2006 when then-Vanderburgh County Sheriff Ellsworth ran on a socially conservative and economically populist platform and outspent Hostettler 3-to-1 in the Evansville-based 8th District.

The margin of Hostettler’s defeat—he lost 61 percent to 39 percent—represented a surprisingly weak performance for an incumbent, even in a strongly Democratic year.


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