Mellencamp for Senate? It’s only rock and roll

Posted: 17 Feb 2010 12:32 PM PST

It’s suddenly “a lonely old night” for Indiana Democrats with Sen. Evan Bayh’s decision to retire.

But as they scramble to find a candidate to run in his place, a former Capitol Hill aide and columnist for The Hill newspaper, offered a novel choice:

John Mellencamp, the Indiana troubadour of working men and women, and purveyor of populist rock and roll.

Championing the Mellencamp candidacy is Brent Budowsky, who at one time worked for Bayh’s father, Birch Bayh, when he held an Indiana Senate in the 1960s and 70s.

Budowsky wrote today in The Hill: “John “Mellencamp is one of the great advocates of small-town America, of the kind of “square deal” for Americans that Teddy Roosevelt once championed. He is a voice for working people and a champion of farmers who puts his talent, his body and his money behind his words

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