Don Who?

July 27th, 2009 at 11:02 am by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

Somebody named Don Bates, Jr. announced a run for U.S. Senate this weekend.  According to his hometown newspaper in Richmond, Bates is a banker, a Republican, and he didn’t get an endorsement from the local Wayne County GOP Chairwoman.

The Bates announcement at the Wayne County Fair is no surprise to political insiders.  Bates campaigned recently at the state GOP Dinner.

But his approach is hardly conventional.  A Saturday announcement with just one appearance on the border of another state and no statewide news release is not a recipe for success, especially for a guy with no name recognition to speak of outside Richmond.

 By the way, Evan Bayh (the Democrat Bates hopes to unseat) gets the headline on the Richmond Palladium-Item website this morning.

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2 Responses to “Don Who?”

  1. J.D. says:

    Geez, Jim, bias showing much? ;)

    Granted, I’ve never heard of Bates either, but if he’s a Republican of the Lugar/Daniels variety, and not a backwoods holy roller nutjob (Dumezich, anyone?), I’d consider voting for him. Anybody have any info to share on this guy?

    Now if only somebody would challenge “Evan Blah” in the primary, I’d be a happy man!

  2. skico says:

    Bates is an investment banker and the pastor of a small church. I’ve known him most of my life. He’s a smart, charasmatic guy and a staunch conservative. Don’t think he has a chance against Bayh, but he’d make a great Senator.