The Campaign Spot

Yet Another Democrat Turns Down a Statewide Bid

It continues: Jeff Bingaman in New Mexico, Joe Courtney in Connecticut, Jonathan Weinzapfel in Indiana, and now, Brad Ellsworth.

Former U.S. Rep. Brad Ellsworth withdrew his name from Indiana Democrats’ list of prospects for next year’s ballot on Monday.

“I will not be a candidate for any office in 2012,” he told the Courier & Press. Though he did not elaborate on his plans, he said he intends to pursue other opportunities.

These guys may all have legitimate reasons to choose to not run for statewide office in 2012. Bingaman is 67. Weinzapfel has small children. Courtney already has a day job in the House and would face a contested primary. But it seems reasonable to think that at least part of their decision calculus was the national political environment and outlook for Democrats in 2011. At this point, early as it is, that outlook seems not so cheery.


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