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Posted at 6 a.m. on Jan. 30, 2014
Democrats have finally landed a challenger to Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Ind., who was among the party’s targets in 2012.
Tom Spangler, the owner of a marketing and distribution company for commercial furniture, announced Thursday that he is launching a bid in Indiana’s 8th District.
After coming up 10 points short against the incumbent in 2012, national Democrats hope Spangler can give the party a legitimate shot at a seat it controlled before Bucshon won an open-seat race in 2010.
“I’m running because since 2012, Congress has only gotten more reckless and irresponsible and Congressman Bucshon is part of the problem,” Spangler said in a statement.
“I’m looking forward to talking to voters about how I plan to take my business experience to Washington to cut out of control Washington spending and help our small businesses create jobs for Hoosiers.”
Getting there won’t be easy in this southwestern Indiana district. As Bucshon defeated Democrat Dave Crooks by 10 points, Mitt Romney carried the district by 18 points.
Of course, in 2008, when Obama won the state, the district voted Republican by just a 3-point margin.