Coats must answer queries about his time as a lobbyist

Other former lobbyists won office after keeping ties with voters. Republican Haley Barbour, who represented tobacco and other clients in Washington, was elected Mississippi governor in 2003 and 2007.

University of Kansas political science professor Burdett Loomis said condemning Mr. Coats just for lobbying doesn’t make sense. “It’s at least one strike against you, but it really isn’t fatal if you’re in a decent political environment,” Mr. Loomis said. “Dan Coats isn’t Jack Abramoff.”

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