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Race For Bayh’s U.S. Senate Seat Quick To Heat Up

Indiana’s Republican and Democratic parties are wasting no time turning up the heat on the race to fill the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Evan Bayh.

Dan Parker at a desk

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Indiana Democratic Party Chair Dan Parker is critical of Dan Coats' time spent lobbying in Washington D.C.

Indiana’s Republican and Democratic parties are wasting no time turning up the heat on the race to fill the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Evan Bayh. Democrats continue criticizing Dan Coats time as a lobbyist.

At the same time, Republicans are already questioning why Brad Ellsworth hasn’t spoken publicly about President Barack Obama’s decision Monday to nominate Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.

Indiana Democratic Party Chair Dan Parker is posing questions about Dan Coats lobbying time in Washington D.C. Specifically, he’s critical of work Coats did for a DC law firm, lobbying Congress and the White House on behalf of the New York Stock Exchange.

“Dan Coats needs to tell Hoosiers what exactly his role was in the deregulation of Wall Street, that resulted in the financial collapse and the loss of millions of dollars in Hoosiers retirement funds and savings and ultimately led to the shedding of thousands of jobs across our state.”

Messages left with Coats’ campaign were not returned in time for this broadcast. However, Coats is launching a separate attack on Brad Ellsworth, who will receive the Democratic candidacy Saturday.

In a statement to the press, Coats says the public has a right to know Ellsworth’s opinion on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan. Coats goes on to say that a number of hard questions need to be asked as to whether Kagan is a strict constitutionalist, or someone who would quote “seek to rewrite it.”