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Former Sen & Gov Evan Bayh

After weeks of speculation, rumors and just plain wishing and hoping by Indiana Democrats that he would, Evan Bayh, former Senator and Governor said he won’t run for Governor in 2016.  In a statement Bayh said, “Serving as Governor of Indiana has been the greatest honor of my life. Working with many wonderful people from both political parties, our administration fostered economic growth, fiscal stability, and educational, environmental and social progress. Over the years I’ve been asked whether I would seek the Governorship again. The inquiries and encouragement have accelerated in recent months regarding a possible candidacy in 2016. After serious consideration, I have decided that I will not be a candidate for Governor in 2016. I hope that my decision will enable others to step forward and offer their ideas for making Indiana an even better place to live, work and raise a family. I remain committed to helping Hoosiers and the state I love. There are many ways to help people and serve the public, and I look forward to pursuing them in the days and years to come. Susan, Beau, and Nick join me in expressing our profound gratitude to the many Hoosiers who have blessed us with their friendship and support.” In a live Afternoons with Amos interview, Evan Bayh expanded on his reasons why he’s not running for Governor.  Part of the reasons are the political climate in Indiana with large Republican legislative majorities which would make it difficult for Bayh, if he won the Governor’s Office, to executive his agenda in the face of withering GOP opposition.  In the interview Bayh talked about the growing partisanship even here in Indiana.  But, in the interview Bayh indicated that he won’t be a stranger from campaigning for Democrats, both in the coming November elections and beyond.  Click the Media Player to hear Evan Bayh’s Afternoons with Amos Interview. Runs 9 Minutes ©2014 WTLC/Radio One.