Indiana Dem accuses Dan Coats of backing Redskins over Colts

Sunday's meeting between the NFL's Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins has become political fodder in the Indiana Senate race.

Democrat Brad Ellsworth's campaign wants to know which team for whom Republican Dan Coats, who spent several years in the capital as a senator and lobbyist, will be rooting.

"Considering Dan Coats has spent the last 12 years living in Washington, D.C. as a special interest lobbyist it would come as no surprise if Mr. Coats’ is wearing burgundy and gold on Sunday," the Ellsworth campaign said in a statement Friday.

The Coats campaign declined to engage on the team loyalty question but accused Ellsworth of backing the San Francisco 49ers.

"Word on the street is Nancy Pelosi makes incumbent Congressman Ellsworth root for the 49ers nearly 90 percent of the time," Pete Seat, a spokesman for Coats, said in an e-mail.

If Coats were to express some fondness for the 'Skins, he wouldn't be alone. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) on Thursday wrote a column for the Washington Post recalling how he was an "irrationally passionate Redskins fan" during his two decades in D.C.

"Now, I live and die with the Colts, but keep a friendly eye on Washington," Daniels, who is not up for reelection this year, wrote.