"Contrary to some media reports, I have not made a decision about whether to run for the U.S. Senate. I am continuing to talk with my family and Hoosiers throughout Indiana about where I can best serve our state," Ellsworth said through a spokesperson.
"Put simply, this is a decision I don't take lightly. I want to make sure whatever decision I make is the right one for my family, my constituents, and the state of Indiana. Tomorrow, I will wrap up my annual Open Door Listening Tour, which took me through all 18-counties of the 8th District. At that point, I will have more time to devote to giving this great responsibility the serious consideration it deserves."
Ellsworth cuts a great profile for the state -- though he voted for health care reform, he voted against the stimulus package in the House and voted against cap and trade legislation to boot. Officially, the primary is May 4 -- but absent candidates who turn in enough signatures, the state party gets to choose.
Former Sen. Dan Coats remains the likely Republican nominee.
Great campaigner, young, attractive guy -- strong on second amendment issues. Popular within the Democratic caucus. Supported by the Democratic establishment. Ellsworth's impending announcement was first hinted at by Howey Politics Indiana. He faces a noon Friday deadline due to Indiana's ballot access rules.