Sunday, June 15, 2008

Columnist Sees Oxley Helping Thompson Down South

The Louisville Courier-Journal's Lesley Stedman Weidenbener puts a positive spin on Democrat Jill Long Thompson's choice of State Rep. Dennis Oxley (D-English) as her running mate, largely because of the geographic balance he brings to a region where the northern Indiana Democrat got beat in this year's primary by Jim Schellinger. She writes:

The choice isn't too surprising. Oxley is young, well-spoken and his district covers a large area of Southern Indiana, where Thompson isn't as strong.

In the Democratic primary, Thompson won narrowly with a strong showing in Northern Indiana, where she previously served as a congresswoman and now lives on a farm in Marshall County.

Her primary opponent, Jim Schellinger, an Indianapolis architect, took the south, winning handily in a number of counties along the Ohio River.

So the choice of Oxley makes sense geographically. His district is huge, with parts or all of eight counties, running from Perry County on the west to Scott County on the east. That makes him well-known among many Southern Indiana voters and local politicians.

I really don't know enough about Oxley at this point to know all the pluses and minuses he brings to the Democratic ticket. Based upon the reaction of some Democratic bloggers, there doesn't seem to be a lot of excitement about his addition to the ticket.

1 comment:

Eclecticvibe said...

Scott County Democrats crack me up. It has to be one of the most conservative counties in the state, but everyone there runs as a Democrat. Running as a Republican means almost certain failure.