U.S. Representative Brad Ellsworth (D-IN) “became the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate on Saturday, without going through a primary election — a method that brings benefits as well as drawbacks,” the AP reports.
Ellsworth, long the presumptive nominee, was chosen over Bob Kern of Marion County by the Democratic Central Committee. After the secret ballots were tallied and the vote announced, committee members and other Democrats at the meeting in Indianapolis gave Ellsworth a standing ovation.
"I’m humbled and I’m very proud at this moment to have the chance to go and represent you," Ellsworth told the crowd.
The Republican candidate, former Sen. Dan Coats, welcomed Ellsworth to the general election race.
"Hoosiers will hear two dramatically different views about the direction our country should be heading, and about the future of Indiana," Coats said.
National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Chairman John Cornyn (R-TX) offered the following statement in a press release:
“With Brad Ellsworth’s anointment as the Democrat nominee today, the contrast for Hoosier voters could not be more clear this November.
“Ellsworth was hand-picked by his Democrat Party bosses because they know that they can count on him to rubberstamp President Obama and Harry Reid’s deeply unpopular agenda in Washington. As a member of Congress, Ellsworth has voted in near lockstep with Nancy Pelosi and he eagerly helped the Democrats in Washington pass their massive health spending bill and failed stimulus debacle. Now he’s vying for a promotion so he can bring his rubberstamp to the U.S. Senate.
“In contrast, Dan Coats was chosen by Hoosier voters because he is a proven leader who will fight for much-needed checks-and-balances in the U.S. Senate. Dan Coats understands that our nation is moving in the wrong direction under the Democrats’ control in Washington, and he will fight tirelessly for the people of Indiana. That’s why I’m confident that Hoosiers will elect Dan Coats as their next U.S. Senator this November.”
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) offered this statement in a press release:
“Congratulations to Brad Ellsworth for earning the Party’s nomination for the United States Senate. Look no further than the biographies of the candidates in this race to see what and who they stand for. Brad Ellsworth is a former sheriff and life-long Hoosier who has never abandoned Indiana. In the Senate, he’ll fight for Indiana and not the special interests. Dan Coats is what’s wrong with Washington. He has spent the last ten years in Washington as a lobbyist representing powerful special interests, even those that conflicted with the interests of Indiana. While Washington lobbyist Dan Coats will do even more to protect big banks and corporate interests, former sheriff Brad Ellsworth is focused on holding Wall Street accountable, and creating new Indiana jobs.”
(credit image – associated press)