Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Mike Pence For U.S. Senate?
There's been a lot of buzz in the blogosphere about a potential candidacy by U.S. Rep. Mike Pence for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Evan Bayh. A Pence candidacy would deal a major blow to the numerous candidates already in that crowded primary race, including former U.S. Rep. John Hostettler, State Sen. Marlin Stutsman, and businessmen Don Bates and Richard Behney. If Pence makes the run, I would expect him to win the nomination and win the race this November. It's a difficult decision for him though. Republicans in the House of Representatives could easily pick up about 30 to 40 seats this fall based on the direction of things so far this year. With Pence's leadership position in the House, his influence would increase considerably there. He might actually have a higher profile as a leader in the House than being a freshman U.S. Senator. What should Pence do? Stay in the House or go for the Senate?