On the main site, RiShawn Biddle has a piece looking at Evan Bayh’s unexpected challenges in 2010. Today, John Hostettler, the best-known Republican to have declared for the Senate seat, argued that Bayh’s personal interests play a bigger role than principle in motivating his health care vote. “A vote for President Obama’s most important legislative initiative will create a clear conflict of interest at home, literally, for Indiana’s junior senator,” Hostettler said. “The fact is that his wife, Susan, serves on the Board of Directors of one of America’s largest health insurance companies, and she has been paid more than $1 million since first being named to that Board shortly after Senator Bayh’s reelection in 2004.”
Hostettler continued with some backhanded praise for his Democratic rival. “I do not support the Senate bill or any other government takeover of the best health care system in the world,” he said. “Though I oppose the Senate bill for other reasons, I am nonetheless encouraged that Senator Bayh will listen, if not to his constituents, to his family’s economic interests.”
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