Setting the Stage

Something caught our eye in yesterday’s Indianapolis Star profile of incumbent Congressman Brad Ellsworth. According to the Star, “[Ellsworth] loathes publicly criticizing others.”

In just one week, he has accused Dan Coats of “lying” and being “unpatriotic.” Sounds like Washington rubbed off on Congressman Ellsworth and criticizing opponents with offensive personal attacks has become second nature.

Now he’s called an Indianapolis press conference for the second time in two days.

Let’s set the stage for you. An increasingly desperate sounding candidate who’s consistently trailing by double digits in public polls and has pulled his TV ads off the air due to his struggle to raise money…what will he talk about? You can rest assured more personal attacks are to come.

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