7. Peter Visclosky. He has more seniority in the Indiana congressional delegation than anyone else in either party since Richard Lugar left. He’s probably nearing retirement from Congress and could probably command a solid hold on northwest Indiana counties that don’t necessarily vote Democratic. With more experience in Washington than Mike Pence, he’s worth considering.
8. Vi Simpson. She’s run for governor, she’s run for lieutenant governor and she’s been one of the state’s best state senators for many years. She was part of the Gregg momentum that nearly pulled off the 2012 campaign and there’s strong name recognition with her. Can she pull it off by herself? That’s the question. If she has a plan, she just might.
9. Joe Hogsett. He’s a former Secretary of State who’s best remembered for beating Bill Hudnut in a marquis race. His resume has added value because of his stint as a U.S. attorney. In Indianapolis, he’s well-known and he knows what it’s like to be in state government in a huge fish bowl. He’s been the No. 3 officeholder and he would have Bayh’s backing.
10. Scott Pelath. If anything, Democrats are going to need a moderate who can carry urban areas and play well in rural Indiana. Pelath, of any legislator, fits the bill.
Pick just about any two of these people, and you have a ticket that could compete in 2016. But elections are hardly ever won on name alone anymore. It will take more than a resume to win. It will take a true party effort that will be as much as a 92-county campaign as Barack Obama’s campaigns involved all 50 states.
Stay tuned. It should be interesting.
Dave Kitchell is a columnist for the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at email@example.com.