Brian Walsh

When I first wrote to you about this race, I highlighted the competitive nature of Indiana’s Ninth Congressional District and that Baron Hill, a true Pelosi loyalist, barely managed a win during the Democrat wave in 2006.  After reclaiming the seat he initially held from 1999-2005, Hill has continually bucked the best interests of Hoosiers.  Now, with the national mood dramatically different years past, Hill will finally have to answer for his consistent support of Washington Democrats.  Republican Todd Young, who has achieved “Young Guns” status in the NRCC’s recruitment and training program, is running a strong campaign geared at holding Baron Hill responsible for his actions.

Voters have lately had quite a few chances to see the true colors of their representative – and the clearest lesson is that he doesn’t seem to like them.  In our original update, we mentioned that Hill has lambasted his constituents not once, not twice, but three times.  Combine his trend for being a hot head who cares more about keeping his party bosses happy than his district with his desire to vote for practically any spending bill that comes his way and he has very tough looking prospects for re-election.  In a clear sign that Hill is vulnerable and the campaign is moving towards the Republican column, the DCCC pulled its planned ad time in this seat leaving their incumbent without any air cover.  Rated a “Toss Up” by political handicapper Charlie Cook, this race is definitely one to keep an eye on.

The voters in Indiana fired Baron Hill once.  This fall, they have the opportunity to do it again.

Original Article: Hoosier State Ripe for the Taking

Brian Walsh

Brian Walsh is the Political Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee.