Monday, March 06, 2006

Star's Matt Tully Gets A Blog

Star political reporter Matt Tully now has his own blog, and he already has some interesting posts.

On the popularity ratings of Sen. Evan Bayh and Sen. Richard Lugar, Tully observes that Bayh has a slight advantage over Lugar with female voters, which he thinks has nothing to do with "his dreamy looks."

Tully has his own list and thoughts on potential Democrat opponents for Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) in 2008. Here they are:

Mr. Obvious: Indy Mayor Bart Peterson is the Democrats’ great hope. “I have no intention of running for governor in 2008,” he said Friday. That, for the record is much different than, “I will not run for governor in 2008.”

The Senator: Sen. Vi Simpson, Bloomington, developed a nice grassroots base during her brief run in 2004.

Mr. D.C.: Former U.S. Rep. Tim Roemer has seen his profile rise in recent years, serving as a 9/11 commissioner and being touted last year as a potential U.S. Senate candidate. He would seemingly be a serious contender, though he is now working in D.C. as president of the Center for National Policy.

The Comeback: Think about this name: Joe Kernan. Ousted in 2004 by Mitch Daniels, Kernan is now back in South Bend, where the Toll Road deal has made Daniels Public Enemy Number One. Every day, Kernan is undoubtedly hearing from angry South Bend folks — “You should be the governor.” Known as an intensely competitive guy who hates to lose, Kernan at some point will have to answer the question of a rematch.

The others: Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel and Fort Wayne Mayor Graham Richard are lesser-known stars in the party. State Rep. Win Moses, Fort Wayne, is liked by just about everyone.

Hat tip to TDW for noticing the new blog.

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