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Bayh an ‘empty suit,’ rival says

GOP’s Stutzman begins airing ads, mainly on cable

Marlin Stutzman, one of three Republicans running for the GOP Senate nomination in 2010, began running a commercial last week calling Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., an “empty suit.”

Stutzman’s ads are running primarily on cable stations, which charge considerably less for commercials than broadcast stations. Campaign manager Robb Green declined to say how much was spent on the ads. The campaign had almost $18,000 on hand Sept. 30.

Neither of the other Republican contenders, Don Bates and Richard Behney, is running ads yet. The GOP primary is in May.

Stutzman was asked last week to provide more complete information on the campaign reports candidates are required to file about the sources of their donations and how they spend money.

The Federal Election Commission said candidates can’t list “credit card” as the source of a loan unless they obtained a line of credit from the lender. Stutzman said his campaign had a $5,765 credit card loan in addition to the $11,150 he lent or gave the campaign.

The FEC also said the information listed for some of Stutzman’s donors was too skimpy.

The FEC frequently sends letters to congressional candidates to ask for additional information about the reports.

She’ll be back

It appears Allen County Republicans have not seen the last of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

In his five-minute discussion with the failed vice presidential nominee, Allen County GOP Chairman Steve Shine said he was able to secure a return visit. He said she will speak at a future GOP fundraiser, although no details have been established.

“When, I don’t know, but it’s definitely going to happen,” Shine said.

Shine said Palin remembered her campaign stop at Memorial Coliseum last year and said the success of that event was the reason she made Fort Wayne a high priority on her book tour.

Palin spent three hours at the Maysville Road Meijer on Thursday signing copies of her book, “Going Rogue.”

Holiday cheer

Tickets are now available for the Indiana Democratic Party’s Holiday Evening on Dec. 11 at the Omni Severin Hotel in downtown Indianapolis.

The evening includes a cocktail reception with special guests, a general reception and a dinner.

Tickets range from $150 a person for the general reception and dinner to $250 a person for the cocktail reception and dinner.

The special guests are Sen. Evan Bayh; Congressmen Pete Visclosky, Joe Donnelly, Andre Carson, Brad Ellsworth and Baron Hill; House Speaker Pat Bauer and Senate Minority Leader Vi Simpson.

For more information, go to www.indems.org.

Smooth sailing

The Senate Agriculture Committee didn’t raise any red flags last week when former Rep. (and unsuccessful Democratic gubernatorial candidate) Jill Long Thompson answered questions during a brief confirmation hearing.

The Senate will vote on Thompson’s confirmation to sit on the Farm Credit Administration board after the Agriculture Committee issues its OK.

Democrats and Republicans on the committee indicated they support her nomination, and committee member Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., praised Thompson’s lifelong involvement in agriculture.

Thompson returned the compliment: “You are one of my two favorite senators,” she told Lugar with a grin, obviously referring also to Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind.

Sylvia A. Smith, Journal Gazette Washington editor, contributed to this column.

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