Rep. Brad Ellsworth is considering throwing his hat in the ring to run for Sen. Evan Bayh's Senate seat, saying today he wants feedback from his family and his constituents.
Ellsworth (D-IN), elected in 2006 when the Democrats took over Congress, lauded Bayh in a statement just released from his office and says the senator will be missed.
He adds that he's already been encouraged to seek the seat.
"I heard about the news during my annual Open Door Listening Tour this morning, and I appreciate the support of those Hoosiers who have already encouraged me to run for Senator Bayh's seat," Ellsworth said.
"The next step will be taking a few days to talk to my wife and to folks in Indiana about where I can best serve our state," he said. "In the meanwhile, I will continue to travel throughout the 8th District this week listening to Hoosiers about the challenges they face and their ideas for getting our economy back on track."
Democratic sources have told us that Ellsworth and Rep. Baron Hill are possible choices for the Indiana Democrats, who will name a candidate June 30. Hill (D-IN) is on a military Congressional delegation abroad this week.