Evan Bayh's Attacking GOP Challenger Dan Coats

04/12/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

In the week since Dan Coats announced he was preparing to challenge Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh, Democrats have launched a withering, no-holds-barred assault on the former Republican senator, throwing him off balance and raising questions about whether his prospective candidacy has suffered lasting damage.

The oppo research mill began cranking up within hours of word last week that he was readying a campaign for his former Senate seat in Indiana. First came a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee statement referring to him as a "federally registered lobbyist whose client lists include banks, private equity firms, and defense contractors."

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