INDIANA

Coats Looking Likely to Run

Local press looks at the prospects if he doesn’t.

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Andrea Drusch
Jan. 23, 2015, 4:47 a.m.

If Sen. Dan Coats (R) “was having second thoughts about running “¦ many observers on Capitol Hill and here in Indiana believe his move to Senate Finance and his chairing of the Joint Economic Committee will be irresistible sweeteners for a public servant who doesn’t really like some aspects of campaigning.”

“Coats had a mere $752,000 in his war chest at the end of the third quarter 2014. “¦ But Coats has made moves that suggest re-election, chief among them the addition of former state Republican chairman Eric Holcomb as his state chief of staff.”

If he doesn’t run, “there is no obvious heir apparent. “¦ In Republican circles, it has been Reps. [Todd] Young (R-09) and [Susan] Brooks (R-05) who are seen in close to universal perception as the two emerging members with the most gravitas.” Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard (R), “while retiring from that office in 2015, has privately expressed interest in a possible Senate race.” Holcomb, the former state GOP chair, is also receiving encouragement. (KPC News)

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