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Second Democrat Looks to Limit Indiana Governor to Single Term

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By Chris Cillizza
Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Architect Jim Schellinger filed to run for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Indiana yesterday, becoming the second Democrat in the race to oust Gov. Mitch Daniels (R).

Schellinger, who calls Indianapolis home, is making his first run for elected office but has the support of a number of establishment figures in the party, including Rep. Julia Carson and former state House speaker John Gregg.

"I believe that the citizens of Indiana deserve good leadership, and I believe that I'm prepared to do that," he said.

Schellinger joins state Senate Minority Leader Richard Young in the race for the Democratic nomination. Former congresswoman Jill Long Thompson (D) is also considering a gubernatorial run. The primary is set for May 6, 2008.

Daniels, a former Office of Management and Budget director, swept into office in 2004 after 16 years of Democratic rule. But controversies over a proposed toll road in the state and his decision to mandate that the state abide by daylight saving time have weakened Daniels's political standing.

Indiana is one of 11 states that will hold gubernatorial races in 2008, and Daniels -- along with Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt -- is among the most vulnerable Republicans up for reelection.

Thompson's Tennessee Fan Club

Republican Reps. Zach Wamp and John Duncan of Tennessee will serve as co-chairmen of an effort to draft actor and former senator Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) into the presidential contest.

"It is becoming increasingly obvious that a growing number of Americans want Fred Thompson to join the 2008 presidential campaign," Wamp said in a statement released yesterday by the draft organization.

Thompson, who served in the Senate from 1994 until 2002, indicated recently that he was considering a presidential run. His interest has been encouraged by former Senate majority leaders Howard Baker (R-Tenn.) and Bill Frist (R-Tenn.); Frist dropped his own presidential ambitions late last year.

On March 16, Frist posted a note on his blog noting that he had spoken to Thompson about the race, adding, "His public statements exactly reflect what he is thinking inside." The posting had received nearly 500 comments as of last night.

Thompson has set no decision deadline but must do so soon if he hopes to be competitive with the likes of Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani -- all three of whom have been in the race for months.

More Interest in Colorado Seat

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers (R) said Sunday that he is considering a run for the seat being vacated by Sen. Wayne Allard (R) in 2008.

"The attorney general hasn't made a decision," spokesman Nate Strauch said yesterday. He declined to offer a timeline for Suthers to make up his mind.

Suthers was elected as the state's top cop in 2004 and served previously as a U.S. attorney.

Were he to jump in, Suthers would join former congressman Scott McInnis (R) in the contest. Several other Republicans have been mentioned as possible candidates, including Bob Schaffer, a Senate candidate in 2004, and Bentley Rayburn, a 5th District candidate in 2006, as well as radio talk show host Dan Caplis.

Democrats have coalesced behind Rep. Mark Udall.


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