Indiana Senator Evan Bayh is thanking Hoosiers for their support over the course of his political career. Unlike his last farewell, as he left the governorship is 1996, this one had an air of finality as Bayh talked about his career in the past tense…although the Senator did decline to rule out another run for office. Bayh says with different timing, he might have entered the governor’s race he passed on last week. Bayh has twin sons who are just starting high school. He says the move back to Indiana would have uprooted them from their friends, school, and sports teams, and caused other problems for them too.
“When you are the child of a member of Congress you aren’t subjected to all the negative TV ads; you aren’t on the front page of the paper all the time. But when you are the child of a governor or a candidate for governor you most assuredly will be.”
Bayh cited growing partisanship in Washington in announcing he wouldn’t seek a third term this year, and he returned to that theme during a farewell address on the Senate floor. Bayh says his relationship with Indiana’s senior Senator Richard Lugar over the last 12 years would be an appropriate model for bipartisan cooperation throughout Capitol Hill.