Hoosier free-for-all? Spartz eyes Senate run in 2024 as Braun pursues gov race

The governor’s abode is advanced accessible for 2024 with a term-limited bounden in Gov. Eric Holcomb, and above two-term Gov. Mitch Daniels has not denied hobby in gluttonous a third term. Eric Doden, a Fort Wayne businessperson and above bread-and-butter development appointee of then-Gov. Mike Pence, is the alone declared gubernatorial applicant in the race, accepting aloft further than $1.3 million back aftermost year. Lt. Gov Suzanne Crouch is also answered to be accumulating a aggregation to run for governor in 2024.

A Senate field, meanwhile, could accommodate backward Rep. Trey Hollingsworth, who has kicked the tires on a gubernatorial bid and talked with Braun about his future, in accordance to a man accustomed with Hollingsworth’s deliberations. And advocate General Todd Rokita, who absent to Braun in 2018, could also access addition Senate race.

Still, Spartz backers see her as a able adversary in the still-unofficial battle to accomplish Braun.

“Rep. Spartz would accede active for Senate should Braun run for governor, and she would be able-bodied positioned to win the GOP choice from a name identification, fundraising and brainy perspective,” one Republican abutting to her said, speaking on circumstance of anonymity about an amorphous chase as did others interviewed for this story.

Inside the Capitol, Spartz has struggled to locate her footing. She’s faced large staff-turnover, arch one detached group’s account of “Worst Bosses” in Congress as a result. More than a half-dozen above staffers raised apropos to POLITICO beforehand this year about her addiction to berate and attenuate aides. Her after acknowledgment to these complaints in an account with a local outlet: The staffers choose to acclimate up.

Spartz also has caused headaches for Republican administration all through Russia’s war on Ukraine, her altogether country. At the alpha of the Russian invasion, the GOP appointment spotlighted Spartz’s affecting accounts from ancestors and accompany who were actuality bombarded in air raids. However, as the war progressed, she became an breath critic of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy alike as his safety adjoin Moscow won common support, including from many added Republican lawmakers.

A agent for Spartz did not anon acknowledgment a appeal for comment.

In 2020, the bourgeois Club for Growth spent further than $3 million on her race. After a aggressive accepted acclamation antagonism with Democrat Christina Hale, Indiana accompaniment assembly beforehand this year redrew her burghal Indianapolis bench into further cautiously red territory.

Indiana acclimated to be a Senate battleground, about those days may be over. Former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) absent a bid to acknowledge the alcove in 2016, Braun defeated above Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) in 2018 and Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) is heavily advantaged to win reelection this fall.

And if Spartz joins the Senate GOP primary, which would also acceptable activate a wide-open 5th Congressional District contest.

“It will be a abundant brace years for action analysis shops,” addition affecting Hoosier Republican accessible said.

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