Burton in the Rough: Primary Foe Emerges

Posted February 27, 2007 at 10:12am

Rep. Dan Burton (R) probably wishes politics, like golf, offered mulligans.

Outraged by news that Burton missed 19 votes last month to participate in a celebrity golf tournament in California, Republican John McGoff, a former Marion County coroner, announced last week that he wants Burton’s job.

Voters “are tired of career politicians in Washington who are out of touch with the voters back home,” McGoff told The Indianapolis Star. “They want integrity restored to Congress and they realize that starts here.”

Burton first won election to the solidly Republican 5th district in 1982. He has faced primaries numerous times throughout his career, including in 1998 when it was revealed that he had fathered an illegitimate son. McGoff could be a tough opponent but faces the sizable war chest Burton — the state’s longest-serving Congressman — usually maintains.

Burton began the year with more than $700,000 in his campaign account.
— Nicole Duran