Evan Bayh is a former Indiana governor and Senator. Since he left office, however, he has made his living as a connected Washington attorney at the K Street office of the McGuireWoods firm; he is a partner at the firm.
According to the firm’s bio, which Bayh himself seems to have had a hand in: “[Bayh] serves as a strategic advisor to many of the firm’s most significant clients, particularly those whose business goals are impacted by the actions of Congress, the executive branch, or by governors and legislators across the country.” His niche seems not to be legal work per se. Rather, it’s political consulting. It represents much of what we have come to hate about the professional political class in Washington.
McGuireWoods lists 21 offices in the United States. Not one of them is even located in Indiana.
Bayh now seeks to return to office as Senator from Indiana, but his connection to Indiana is utterly nominal. He maintains a local mail drop in order to claim an Indiana residence. In an interview with WLFI-TV in Lafayette, Indiana, Bayh couldn’t even correctly state his address (video below).
Independent Journal Review reports: “[A] review of Bayh’s Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle records shows that his address is actually Canterbury Square, not Court. The address Bayh told WLFI-TV is located several blocks away from his home address and in the same neighborhood.”
There is something deeply unsavory about Bayh’s pretense. The video vividly illustrates it. Louis Nelson adds a few poignant details in this Politico report. I wonder how Indiana voters will see it.