McDermott shelves gubernatorial ideas; will run for 4th term
By Teresa Auch Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org August 6, 2014 2:22PM
Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott/Sun-Times Media file photo
Updated: September 8, 2014 10:55AM
Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. confirmed Wednesday that he doesn’t plan on running for Indiana governor as long as Evan Bayh is still considering entering the race.
Bayh, who has already served two terms as Indiana governor in the 1990s, recently told the Howey Politics Indiana newsletter that although he didn’t think it likely he would run for governor during the next race, he also hadn’t ruled it out.
Thanks to those comments, McDermott said it would be “stupid” for him to consider trying to run in the same race, especially considering Bayh’s $10 million campaign fund.
“People won’t waste (money) on you if they don’t know Evan Bayh is running,” he said.
He referenced a friend who had spent six months preparing to run for mayor in Indianapolis only to learn of the possibility that Joseph Hogsett, who recently resigned as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, might also run.
“Everything changes,” he said of having someone like Hogsett and Bayh announce possible runs for office. “... It’s really hard to raise money.”
For now, McDermott plans on focusing on running for his fourth term as mayor of Hammond next year. When asked if his plans might change depending on what Bayh decides, he said he’s learned that changes happen frequently in politics.
“The good thing for me is I’m young, I’ve got a good track record, and I have options,” he said.
McDermott also said that although he does have a statewide political action committee, he plans on using it help the statewide Democratic Party.