Thanks to Paul O’Malley for directing my attention to Shella’s Blog which lists several Republican incumbents who Democrats will try to unseat in the upcoming election.
They include 6 Representatives of Toll Road counties: Jackie Walorski (R-Lakeville), Tim Neese (R-Elkhart), Marlin Stuzman (R-Howe), Ralph Ayres (R-Chesterton), Steve Heim (R-Culver) (blog), and Mary Kay Budak (R-LaPorte). Four others are Troy “I’ll never vote for it” Woodruff (R-Vincennes), Billy Bright (R-North Vernon), John Smith (R-Kokomo), and Tim Harris (R-Marion).
The Toll Road targets are obvious. Woodruff has looked like a dead-man walking since he cast the deciding vote for Daylight Saving Time after promising his west-Indiana constituents he wouldn’t. I’ll speculate maybe Harris is vulnerable because of the CAFO kerfuffle in Blackford County where the Daniels administration has put pressure on county officials who had concerns about the impact of a confined feeding dairy operation. I don’t actually know if that’s the case, and I don’t know why, particularly, Smith and Bright might be deemed vulnerable.