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Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan

Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan says he has a pick in mind to fill Evan Bayh's open Senate seat.

Though he says he believes a sitting member of Congress will likely be appointed to run for Evan Bayh’s seat in the U-S Senate, Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan says he’d pick a different Democratic candidate, if given the choice.

“I know this is very parochial and it is biased, but I think Vi Simpson is a natural,” Kruzan said. “She’s already raised a significant amount of money for the gubernatorial campaign and so that gives you somewhat of a running start — nowhere near what it would it would take to run a statewide campaign. She’s already made the connections statewide.”

Though he concedes losing Evan Bayh at the top of the state’s Democratic ticket has hurt candidates for lesser offices who had hoped to run on the junior senator’s coattails, Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan says he thinks his party could still field a candidate who would be competitive with whoever wins what’s shaping up to be a hotly contested Republican primary.  Simpson, the state Senate’s minority leader, has been mentioned as a possible candidate by others, but has not publicly announced whether she’d like to be considered for the post.

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