Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Piling on Doris Minton-McNeil - Why I Decline To Do So

The Indianapolis Star recently reported that Indianapolis City-County Council member Doris Minton-McNeill was facing a new felony battery charge following an incident at her home on June 22nd. Minton-McNeil represents District 15 which stretches northwest from downtown. Since the incident Marion County Republican Chairman Tom John and several of my fellow conservative bloggers have demanded that Minton-McNeill resign from the council.

I am not going to join my conservative colleagues in piling on Ms. Minton-McNeil for a number of reasons. First, of all I have done some criminal defense work and I see people charged all the time who turn out to be not guilty. There is a reason we presume people are innocent in our legal system. I don't like assuming someone is guilty and demanding, based on unproven accusations, that the accused resign from the council. Certainly there have been Republican elected officials in the same boat as Ms. Minton-McNeil and we haven't generally demand they resign their positions before even having a chance to go to trial.

Second, I don't believe in judging people based on the worst moments of their lives. God forbid our entire life be judged by the bad times in our life when we do foolish, embarrassing things often without thought or reflection. I don't think it is fair to judge anyone on that basis.

Third, the allegations against Ms. Minton-McNeil's do not involve a breach of the public trust or public corruption. I am far more worried about Monroe Gray receiving $85,000 in a salary paid for by taxpayers yet not being able to demonstrate any actual work performed for that salary. On the my side of the political aisle, I'm much more concerned about my Republican Mayor permitting embarrassing conflicts of interest in his administration that allow people close to him to make a fortune at public (and the Mayor's) expense. Not only do I find that an offensive breach of the public trust, I quite selfishly know that, if things continue, it will assure my party has no change to win the Mayor's office or a majority on the council for the next 20 years.

I really think we conservatives and Republicans should devote our limited resources on those offenses that matter the most - those that involve public corruption, breaches of the public trust and unabated conflicts of interest among our elected officials. Every minute we spend outraged about Minton-McNeil possibly shoving a police officer is a minute we are distracted from exposing breaches of the public trust and working for a more honest and ethical government.

5 comments:

HOOSIERS FOR FAIR TAX said...

You've got a point there. However, I think what outrages us is that her comments to the police, "DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?" are that she is somehow above the law.

Paul K. Ogden said...

Maybe a heat in the moment comment orr possibly the cops lied. It wouldn't be the first time.

Advance Indiana said...

Paul, The 911 recordings of her don't lie and they aren't pretty.

Anonymous said...

Democrats have always overlooked or allowed for bad behavior from their hand-picked officeholders. The same consideration is not extended to challengers in an election.

Anonymous said...

None of my "embarrassing" moments involved a police photo....