The following clip says it all:
Dan “I’m no Hoosier Anymore” Coats has decided that he will now be a Hoosier again for the sake of his own self-interest party. This will be an interesting primary on the Republican side of the ticket. If Republicans are going to stick to their oft-spouted values about the nastiness of lobbyists and Washington insiders, then Coats should not win the nomination in May.
However, Republicans may want an additional senate seat so badly that they are more than willing to swallow their “values” and throw their support behind Coats despite his abandonment of Hoosiers for over a decade and his lobbying efforts and ultimate status as a Washington insider.
The other candidates who have already filed and put time and effort into their campaigns should be outraged at Coats’ blatant opportunism and lack of consideration for fellow Republicans. Had the Supreme Court not made its ridiculous and lop-sided decision boosting corporate power to influence elections, Coats would have not even thought about running in the state he left so many years ago. Pretty coincidental that Coats jumped up and shouted “No, no, I really am a Hoosier” so quickly after the Supreme Court’s decision.
Coats was underway in his plans to make North Carolina his “new” home. If Republicans keep to their lofty musings, then Coats will be sent packing to crawl right back into the North Carolina woodwork.