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  In Indiana, it's open season on Burton
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Jul 07, 2011 10:34am
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AuthorAlex Isenstadt
News DateFriday, July 8, 2011 04:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionThere they go again.

For the third consecutive election, Indianapolis-area Republicans are gearing up to defeat veteran GOP Rep. Dan Burton. And once again, there’s a good chance a splintered primary field enables the precariously perched incumbent to hold on to his seat.

There’s one twist this time around, though: One of Burton’s likely opponents is a former congressional colleague.

POLITICO has learned that former Rep. David McIntosh is expected to announce this summer that he’s seeking the seat Burton has held for nearly three decades.

McIntosh, who spent six years in the House in the 1990s, has begun informing local GOP leaders that he’s jumping in — and he’s already lining up high-profile support from the likes of former Indiana Republican Party Chairman Jim Kittle, ex-George W. Bush economic adviser Al Hubbard, and Fred Klipsch, a wealthy Indianapolis audio company executive and former Burton backer.

McIntosh will most likely have company in the primary. John McGoff, the former Marion County Coroner who nearly ousted Burton in a 2008 primary and who ran again in 2010, has launched his third campaign, and former U.S. Attorney Susan Brooks is also expected to enter the race.

For Burton, who was first elected in 1982, it’s a familiar scenario. The longest-serving member of Indiana’s House delegation has turned into a perennial target for central Indiana Republicans who contend he has lost touch with his district.

To some extent, the emerging field reflects the widespread local belief that Burton is electorally weak — a shrinking political giant who is eminently beatable.
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