For at least a decade, Rep. Julia Carson (D-Ind.) has reigned over her district’s politics. But recently the six-term Congresswoman has suffered from health problems that have kept her away from Washington, D.C., and the campaign trail — sparking a fresh round of speculation that she is planning to retire.
I don't have a subscriber version of the article, but according to what was forwarded to me by another reader, the article speculates on her potential successors, which includes at least one big surprise. The article reads:
Should she choose to move on, potential candidates for her seat include state Democratic Reps. Gregory Porter and Carolene Mays and Center Township Trustee Carl Drummer (D). Her grandson, Andre Carter [sic], who frequently makes public appearances on his grandmother's behalf, also is mentioned as a possible Democratic candidate. Republicans also could challenge for the seat if it's vacant, with Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita (R) a likely contender.
Todd Rokita? That's the first mention I've heard of his name in connection with the 7th District race. I'm betting that will be news to Rep. Jon Elrod (R) as well, who announced yesterday he would make a decision before week's end on whether he will seek the GOP nomination in the 7th District.