Newest FNC Contributor: Former Dem Senator Evan Bayh

March 14th, 2011 3:20 PM

Retired U.S. Senator Evan Bayh has landed a gig as a Fox News Channel contributor, the Huffington Post reported Monday afternoon. The Indiana Democrat also served as governor from 1989 to 1997.

Bayh's new digs will likely elicit long lists of his departures from liberal orthodoxy from the left's ubiquitous Fox-haters. But another Democrat - and one who agreed with the American Conservative Union only 23 percent of the time - in the channel's lineup certainly won't help in ongoing efforts at, for instance, the New York Times to tar Fox as uniquely partisan.

Here is Huffington Post's report as of 3 p.m. EDT:

Fox News is expected to announce Monday that former Indiana Senator Evan Bayh will become a contributor to the network, The Huffington Post has learned.

Bayh will be a commentator and political analyst across all of Fox News' platforms. He was a Senator from 1999 to 2011, where he became one of the more prominent conservative Democrats in the chamber. He was also the Governor of Indiana from 1989 to 1997. Bayh considered running for the presidency in 2008, but ultimately decided against it.

UPDATE (3:30): In a statement on the hire, FNC Senior VP for News Michael Clemente lauded Bayh's "decades of experience in the political arena and his participation in key decisions in Washington."