By BRIAN A. HOWEY
NASHVILLE, Ind. - Former Indiana Gov. Evan Bayh will not seek third term for governor, telling HPI the decision "was really a governing one, not a political one." "After serious consideration, I have decided
that I will not be a candidate for Governor in 2016," Bayh said. "I hope that my
decision will enable others to step forward and offer their ideas for
making Indiana an even better place to live, work and raise a family." The news prompted the two most likely contenders - former 2012 nominee John Gregg and Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. - to assess their opportunities. "I am strongly considering a run," Gregg told HPI Friday morning, saying he would make a decision after Election Day in November. "I have a record of getting along with Republicans when I was co-speaker of a 50/50 House. I got along with the Republican Senate." McDermott told HPI, "I am going to absorb this and see what it means for the future. I’m young and time is on our side.” Bayh told HPI on Friday afternoon, "My decision was really a governing one, not a political one."