President Donald Trump may be historically unpopular, but as Georgia’s Jon Ossoff and Montana’s Rob Quist will tell you, that doesn’t automatically mean Democrats seeking to oust Republicans in red congressional districts will be guaranteed to do so.
Yet civil rights lawyer Dan Canon, who is seeking the Democratic nomination to replace Republican Rep. Trey Hollingsworth in Indiana’s 9th congressional district, hopes he will be able to buck that trend in 2018.
“This district isn’t traditionally Republican,” Canon told Salon. “Lee Hamilton represented the people here for more than 30 years, and it has gone back and forth between red and blue since then. And it’s an extremely diverse district. There are people from all walks of life and all political persuasions here.”
Canon is perhaps best known as one of the attorneys arguing on the right side of history in Obergefell v. Hodges, the 2015 Supreme Court case that declared the ability to join a same-sex marital union to be a constitutional right (full disclosure: he has also written once for Salon). After the decision was issued, Canon declared that “we’re very excited for our clients, and for other families all over the country, who no longer have to have their relationships relegated to second-tier status. This is the right decision — one that puts the U.S. on the right side of both history and humanity.”
Like successful Democratic candidates since the days of Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson, including Barack Obama, Canon believes that the government has an obligation to look out for the vulnerable — particularly on economic issues.
“He’s [Hollingsworth] a multimillionaire from Tennessee who’s never had to live paycheck to paycheck,” Canon said. “He’s never had to worry about not having health insurance or going bankrupt over medical debt. He’s never had to worry about finding or losing a job. Worse, he’s never even lived in Indiana [before running for the office]. He can’t possibly know the kind of real problems Hoosiers face every day. This is reflected in his voting record and public statements so far.”
Indeed, Hollingsworth has joined the chorus of congressional Republicans calling for a repeal of Obamacare. When voting in favor of the American Health Care Act, he released a statement saying that the bill “is built upon the foundation of conservative principles, such as free-market solutions, returning…