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.