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Evan Bayh Still Deciding Whether To Run For Governor In 2016

Evan Bayh says he is not ruling out a run for governor of Indiana in 2016.

Evan Bayh was elected Secretary of State before serving two terms as governor, followed by 12 years in the U-S Senate.

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Evan Bayh was elected Secretary of State before serving two terms as governor, followed by 12 years in the U-S Senate.

Evan Bayh isn’t ruling out a run for governor in 2016, and the former governor and U.S. Senator still has a significant campaign war chest.

The son of legendary Senator Birch Bayh, Evan Bayh was elected Secretary of State before serving two terms as governor, followed by 12 years in the U.S. Senate. He abruptly opted not to seek a third Senate term in 2010.

Since then, he’s worked as a policy analyst and political commentator for Fox News.

He’s also donated some of his remaining campaign funds (which total nearly $10 million) to various Hoosier Democrats.

Now, many are wondering if Bayh will throw his hat into the ring for a gubernatorial run in 2016.

Speaking to the media Monday about the resignation of U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett, a friend and political ally, Bayh says he’s not making a decision right now.

“You know, that’s an election that’s two and a half years from now,” he says. “We’ve got important races this fall that are going to be important to the state of Indiana and we’ve got mayors races next year, so first things first,” says Bayh.

Bayh says he’s focused on getting his two sons off to college in a month and will sit down with his wife after that to discuss his political future.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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  • Bob Eckert

    The state government now makes Indiana a feudal society. One party controls all levels of state government and the worst parts of their platform and agenda sale right through to law. We have had enough RepubliThug rule, it’s time to return to sanity and Evan Bayh is the perfect choice for governor. If anyone can force the GOP to share power in Indiana he can. He would also be a landslide winner because he has such a respected reputation as a statesman and leader. We could be proud of our governor. Let Pence go ahead and try to run for President. He would lose big time because of his ACA Medicaid opposition.

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