Wind At His Back

Wind At His Back

The second quarter numbers are in and Dan Coats has the wind at his back in the U. S. Senate race.

Locally (Evansville Courier & Press ) and nationally (The New York Times ) the story was the same: Dan Coats raised 2.5 times more than incumbent Congressman Brad Ellsworth in the second quarter.

But wait, there’s more.

After a miserable fundraising quarter, a debut ad widely criticized as disingenuous and misleading, a hypocritical fundraising junket to Vancouver with special interests and trial lawyers, and yet another public poll showing incumbent Congressman Brad Ellsworth trailing Dan Coats badly sent Democrats reeling they immediately pinned their hopes to the promise of a negative campaign.

Howey Politics reported yesterday, “Indiana Democratic Chairman Dan Parker said that most voters have yet to hear about Coats’ lobbying history that Ellsworth will soon address in his TV ad campaign. Ellsworth has a $1.2 million to $1.06 million cash on hand advantage over Coats, according to FEC filings made public today. ‘When that first TV ad for Ellsworth defines what Coats has done over the last 10 years, that race will tighten up,’ he said.”

If you don’t think the Ellsworth campaign is in trouble, do you need more evidence than a public promise to run a negative campaign?

Reducing Costs Not Part of Health Spending Bill

Less than a week after President Obama’s very own debt commission co-chair announced our nation’s unprecedented debt is a “cancer” prepared to “destroy the country from within,” Erskine Bowles said what we’ve known from the beginning: the Obama-Pelosi-Ellsworth health spending bill will not bring down costs.

Incumbent Congressman Brad Ellsworth declared otherwise in March saying, “the plan reduces costs.”

To the contrary, Bowles said just yesterday , “It didn’t do a lot to address cost factors in health care” and will “really eat us alive.”

[Full disclosure: Pete Seat is the press secretary for the Coats for Senate campaign.]