Former County Coroner John McGoff has spent several weeks on the fence, thinking about running for mayor. At a 10:30 a.m. news conference today, McGoff will announce his candidacy. But it won't be for mayor.
Instead, McGoff has announced he will challenge U.S. Rep. Dan Burton is the 2008 Republican primary.
McGoff, an emergency room physician who was elected coroner twice, will be taking on an incumbent who lately has attracted notice for skipping a bunch of House votes to go golfing in California.
There are many Burton critics. But his Republican district ensures he never has a serious general election opponent. The primary could be a different matter.
"We need to restore integrity back to Washington," McGoff said today.
After thinking about running for mayor, McGoff said he decided a run against Burton, "was a better fit for me."
McGoff's announcement today will come as pleasing news to many Republicans. Let's hope that McGoff's strategy will not include pandering to the religious right as Burton has become accustomed to doing. I got to know McGoff several years ago fairly well when we both participated in the Indiana Leadership Forum. I hope some of his views on social issues have become more enlightened.