Bayh retirement plan fuels GOP hope

February 16, 2010

By: Stephen Dinan,

Sen. Evan Bayh, Indiana Democrat, said Monday that he will not seek re-election this year, shocking his party, giving Republicans a good chance to win the seat and underscoring just how poisonous the partisan atmosphere in Washington has become.

For a senator who flirted with a run for the White House just a few years ago, whose family is a political dynasty in Indiana, and who as recently as this month gave every impression he was running, the decision was a stunning turnaround.

“I love working for the people of Indiana, I love helping our citizens make the most of their lives, but I do not love Congress,” Mr. Bayh said in announcing his plans in Indianapolis.

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