Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Councilor Colts Ticket Update

Democratic Councilor Angela Mansfield wrote a nice email clarifying that she was not one of the councilors who received tickets.

As I said in my blog, what I found most disconcerting was not that councilors took the ticket (paying face value for them) but that so many 26 of 29 had no problem coming up with $1600 for two pairs of tickets, not to mention money for a hotel room and travel. That seemed suspicious to me..
We're talking an outlay of $3,000 to $4,000 for the Super weekend. Most of the people on the council are people making middle-class wages in their full-time jobs. The average person couldn't come up with $4,000 at the drop of a hat.

It turns out the 26 of 29 figure offered by the Colts might not have been accurate. Several additional councilors besides Coleman, Scales and Mansfield have said they didn't get tickets. (Unless they give me approval and/or confirmation, I won't publish their names.)

If it turns out the 26 of 29 figure is not true, one has to wonder why the Colts organization would exaggerate the figure. It certainly put the Council in a bad light. No matter how you try to explain the tickets and that the Councilors are paying for them, this is the sort of thing that doesn't play well with the public.


Shorebreak said...

Note to councilors who are reading this:

Drop me an email if you have tickets - I'll buy 'em! :)

Indy Student said...

How could it not be accurate? I mean, it's a pretty easy question. The Colts said they offered 29 people a pair of tickets each, and that 26 people took them up on the offer.

Taking the council at their word (which is a bit of a stretch, I admit), there's something missing in this story.

Paul K. Ogden said...

IS, if it comes to the Colts organization or the councilors, I'd believe the councilors on this score. The 26 out of 29 figure didn't make a lot of sense. That it might turn out to not be true seems very plausible tome. I'm not sure of the motive of the Colts organization to misrepresent. Quite possibly it was a miscommunication.

Marycatherine Barton said...

I wish the Colts organization would put out a retraction, if indeed it did not give a special ticket offer to each of our councilors.