Washington (CNN) – Democrats have been hounding former Sen. Dan Coats since he announced this week he will challenge Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Indiana, in this year's midterm election.
Coats served as U.S. ambassador to Germany in his post-Senate life, but he also worked as a lobbyist representing Wall Street banks, health insurance providers and pharmaceutical companies. Democrats also pointed out that Coats is actually registered to vote in Virginia, not the Hoosier state.
Now, hoping to paint Coats as even more out of touch with the people he hopes to represent, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is pushing a video in which Coats suggests he'd rather live in North Carolina than Indiana.
"If you don't tell the good people of Indiana, Marcia and I decided that there might be a better place where some of these older bones can absorb, so we have joined her parents in North Carolina," Coats says in the video, which was recorded during a speech he delivered to North Carolina delegates at the most recent Republican National Convention in St. Paul.
Coats and his wife bought a $1.8 million home in Wilmington, North Carolina in 2006, according to documents provided by the DSCC.
"We have a home down there that we use as a second home but hope it will be our first home," he tells the crowd. "And then I'll be able to register and vote for your two senators and congressmen and be a North Carolinian."
An aide to Coats did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the remarks.
UPDATE: Coats and his wife are now "likely" going to sell their second home in North Carolina, according to a spokesman.
"Few people could have predicted the fiscal train wreck that Evan Bayh and his liberal allies have created for Indiana and the nation when Dan and Marsha Coats bought a second home to spend more time near her aging parents in North Carolina," said Coats' Indiana-based spokesman Kevin Kellems.
"Now that Dan has no plans to retire, he and Mrs. Coats will likely be selling their second home. Like many Hoosiers, Dan Coats believes we need to take bold and immediate steps to get our nation back on track before it’s too late, and he is willing and ready to do his part."