4/19/2009 5:46:00 PM Messer Announces Candidacy He says it's time for a change
SHELBYVILLE, Ind. (WISH) - Republican Congressman Dan Burton picked up another opponent from his own party.
Luke Messer kicked-off his campaign on Friday. He said he will run a message of change.
"Congressman Burton very clearly has been a leader in the bickering times in Washington in the last 16 years," said Messer.
Messer is a former state legislator who joins Republican Brose McVey in the 2010 effort to unseat Burton in the 5th district. Two other Republicans, State Representative Mike Murphy and Burton 2008 challenger John McGoff may also get in the mix.
Messer has high profile supporters including businessman P.E. Macalister and former State Republican Chairman Jim Kittle. But, beating an incumbent is difficult and likely more difficult in a crowded field.
"One of the undercurrents is that to a certain extent they might be running for 2012," said Republican Toby McClamroch.
In hopes that Burton won't run for re-election in 2012.
"Another incident where Dan Burton embarrasses the moderate Republicans in that district could galvanize people and create an opportunity that might not otherwise be there," Ann Delaney, Democrat.
If Messer has a drawback it could be his profession. He's a lobbyist.
"All you can do is explain to people what it is you really do and there are some things worth fighting for, some things worth lobbying for," said Messer.
The election is 13 months away.
Messer made his campaign announcement at the headquarters of a property management company in Shelbyville. It was meant to point up his desire to promote small business.
(Friday, April 3, 2009 - Jim Shella WISH TV Channel 8)