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Rematch x 5? Sodrel plans run vs. Hill

by Joe Arnold


Posted on January 11, 2010 at 9:20 AM

(WHAS11 Political Blog) In an e-mail to supporters overnight, former Congressman Mike Sodrel says he plans to reclaim the Congressional seat he has swapped with U.S. Rep. Baron Hill (D-IN) for a decade. 

The Courier-Journal's Lesley Stedman Weidenbener has the details this morning.

“They have spent the last year on health care legislation,” Sodrel wrote. “We need to get the economy back on track. We need to create real jobs, not another huge government bureaucracy. And you don't pull a country out of an economic slump by hurting the people who do the hiring.”

According to the e-mail, the Clark County Republican Party has scheduled a kickoff event for the Sodrel campaign at 5 p.m. Monday at its headquarters in Jeffersonville.


In the absence of word from Sodrel, two other Republicans have been eyeing the opportunity to unseat Hill.  Todd Young and Travis Hankins must be fit to be tied this morning.

Young sent out an e-mail of his own this morning, presumably crafted before Sodrel reentered the race:

You've done it again. Thanks to your generous support, our campaign has finished another quarter with a six figure fundraising total. I am continually amazed and humbled by the support our message has received since we began our charge a year ago. We have put the political world on notice and you have made it clear that the Ninth District is ready for a change in leadership.   

While we are still busy calculating our final totals, we have alre
ady surpassed our quarterly goals and are in a great position to take on a well financed incumbent. In these rough economic times, you have sent a message to Washington that southern Indiana will not support the reckless policies of the current administration and Congress.