Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Local Democrats Fail CIB Leadership Test

Recent Democrat blogs have been filled with complaints that Mayor Greg Ballard and now Governor Mitch Daniels have failed to exercise "leadership" on the proposal to bail out the Capital Improvement Board. Now Marion County Democratic Chairman Ed Treacy has issued a press release denouncing Mayor Ballard for his lack of leadership and asking that he step aside.

According to WRTV, Treacy stated:
"Since taking office in January 2008, Mayor Ballard has repeatedly demonstrated what he lacks the type of leadership and vision needed to lead Indianapolis," Treacy said. "The mayor's inability to lead has become painfully obvious, as it appears he refuses to come out and to propose a plan to fix the CIB or even work to get someone else's plan passed."
Marion County Republican Chairman Tom John fired back in a release Wednesday afternoon, claiming that it was Democrats who negotiated the stadium deal and created the CIB deficit. In the release, John stated:
"Chairman Treacy claims the mayor is not leading, yet he fails to acknowledge what led us to this problem," John said. "Bart Peterson and Fred Glass created this issue by poor budgeting, deficit spending and delaying hard decisions. In contrast, Mayor Ballard is working with all parties to craft a real solution. Mayor Ballard is the true leader."
Wow. While Tom John is guilty of disingenuously pretending that an elephant in the room, i.e Mayor Ballard's lack of leadership on the CIB issue, is not really there, Democrat Chairman Treacy is guilty of an even bigger crime in my book - hypocrisy. Not a single Democrat on the Indianapolis City-County Council has stepped forward to address the CIB issue. (Why is it only the Mayor who is supposed to exercise "leadership?" Shouldn't all of our elected officials be addressing issues of public concern especially when it involves a huge tax increase faced by city taxpayers?) It was Democrats, primarily, former Mayor Bart Peterson and Fred Glass, who were responsible for that Colts' sweetheart deal that gave away everything but the kitchen sink and left the CIB in an even bigger hole than they otherwise would be. It is the Democratic Party that is the biggest supporter of the Simons, who own the Pacers.

Now that Mayor Ballard's political future has been shredded, Democrats want to swoop in and claim victory. Not so fast. When it comes to leadership, both Mayor Ballard and local Democrats have flunked the CIB test.


Downtown Indy said...

Frankly, both sides have failed us.

Gary R. Welsh said...

Paul, John's press release stated as a fact that the CIB has been running deficits since the first of Peterson's administration. So Ballard learned when he took office that the CIB had been running deficits for 8 years, didn't order an investigation to learn why this happened or bring other pertinent facts to light until the CIB came begging for more money and higher taxes. This is what happens when you appoint the attorney for one of the sports team owners to run the CIB.

Downtown Indy said...

Funny. WIBC is lauding Mayor Ballard 'firing back' at his critics after appearing on the Garrison program this morning.

Garrison hinted he 'might' take some phonecalls during their chat.

Never happened.

I don't believe they once touched on the possibility of declaring bankruptcy, either.

Oh well, it wasn't a total waste listening. I got today's weather forecast while waiting for some tough questions from Gregory.

Gary R. Welsh said...

I caught part of Garrison, too, Downtown Indy. It is funny how his aggressive approach disappears when it turns to local political issues. Garrison's list of clients might shed some light on why he is so soft on the CIB bailout issue.

M Theory said...

Gary, I also notice Garrison is no bit pull when it comes to local politics.

I don't see what the big deal is to file bankruptcy. As I see it, that's the Mayor's ONLY out. It is also the only HONEST answer to this mess that was not of his creation.

Problem is, it no longer appears that Mayor Ballard works for us. He works for the same people that Peterson and Glass worked for.

I know said...

Greed, arrogance and ill gotten power shows no party lines. Leadership is the mark of a man or woman bold enough to step out and do what needs to be done to right the ship.

I hear Mayor Ballard and Governor Daniels give speeches about leadership. When do they start to practice what they preach?

Does Indiana have any LEADERS?

M Theory said...


I'm sure I am not the only one who sees it.

Leslie Sourwine said...


Now those are words I can live with! Put Paul Ogden in the drivers seat and watch the traffic flow out of town along with the corporate welfare we are seeing now.

Diana Vice said...

I think I'd rather see Ogden in the AG's office where all Indiana citizens could benefit from his multi-talents. A deputy AG perhaps?

Leslie Sourwine said...


Is it possible to clone Paul? There are so many areas of government lacking in professionalism and legal ethics. We need more than one Paul Ogden!

By the way, where did your friend Mary Jo go? :-)

Leslie Sourwine, harping on city government recall as the only answer to the shenanigans going on in the city government.

Diana Vice said...

I'd love to clone Paul Ogden! I was wondering where Mary Jo was myself. I don't think he could stand the sunlight. People like him prefer to slither around in darkness.