“There’s a lot of interest in my campaign, and from a fundraising standpoint, I think we’re going to be very successful,” said Bucshon. He intends to highlight the liberal voting record Van Haaften’s accumulated in the House, and says that after the summer is over, there will be a clear choice between the two candidates. He also says that it might get a little ugly.
“My hope is that it would be a straightforward, issue-based campaign,” said Bucshon. “But I do believe that because of what’s at stake on a national level may very well turn into a aggressive, negative campaign.”
Van Haaften’s nomination to the Democratic ticket was curious. Indiana’s eighth congressional district was held by Rep. Brad Ellsworth, before Ellsworth announced that he was resigning to run for Senate. But the Congressman didn’t announce that he was running for Senate until February. Because of complications with filing deadlines, that meant the Van Haaften was selected by committee, instead of by a primary election.
“It’s kind of interesting that [Van Haaften] got picked with the local party power,” said Randall. “This race is at the top of the ticket.”