Current Attorney General Greg Zoeller has decided to run for Congress in the 9th District. Logistically, if he would lose in the May primary he could possibly still meet the deadline to sign up to run for attorney general in the 2016 Republican nominating convention.
Carter recently sent an email to potential GOP supporters to gauge support, but said he doesn't have a timeline for making a decision.
Since he left office, he has been working privately. Much of that work has been for the Indiana Attorney General's Office -- via contracts to help with a case affecting payments Indiana gets from the tobacco master settlement.
According to the Indiana Auditor's Office, Carter was paid $146,600 in 2014, $107,078 in 2013 and $150,900 in 2012. Altogether in the last five years, he has earned more than $500,000 from the state. He has had no payments this year.
In comparison, Zoeller's current annual salary is $92,503.Kelly makes a good point about the possibility Carter is only seeking the AG's office as a placeholder for Zoeller in the event Zoeller loses the 9th congressional district primary race. He could step aside and allow Zoeller to run for re-election as Attorney General since the filing deadline for the state convention does not occur until after next year's May primary election. Political observers will recall that Carter pretended to be running for re-election as Attorney General in 2008 before bowing out less than three months before the state convention and throwing his support to Zoeller. History tells us these two men cannot be trusted.