Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Montagano To Challenge Souder
Fort Wayne Observed reports that Michael Montagano has filed papers with the FEC to run as a Democrat for the 3rd district congressional seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Mark Souder (R). Montagano is a 2006 graduate of IU Law School--Indianapolis and is currently practicing law with Lafayette-based Stuart & Branigan's Indianapolis office.
Montagano is a former neighbor. He rented a condo down the hallway from me during his last year of law school. He moved out last year after taking the bar and getting married. He's a very friendly, personable guy and a fellow Phi Delta Phi member. I knew he was interested in politics, but I didn't know he wanted to run for public office.
Souder had a much closer than expected challenge from Tom Hayhurst last year, who managed to get about 46% of the vote. It's still a Republican-leaning district though and 2006 was a watershed year for Democrats. It remains to be seen whether the GOP's fortunes will improve in 2008 and the impact Gov. Mitch Daniels' re-election bid will have on candidates around the state, including Souder's race.