According to the Indianapolis Star, Wyser's opponent, Lee Buckingham, Wyser called him up and threatened to fire him if he stayed in the race and Wyser run. Wyser doesn't deny the allegation but simply says the discussion was about a personnel issue he wouldn't elaborate on. Meanwhile the Star quotes an ill-informed law school professor who says that once elected Wyser is free to hire and fire anyone he wants.
It hasn't worked that way for years. Even though Buckingham as a deputy prosecutor is an at-will employee, you can't fire even an at-will employee for political reasons. The only employees a newly-elected Wyser can replace are those in a policy-making positions, upper level supervisors in the office. He can't just replace anyone in the office, no more than Attorney General Greg Zoeller could have done the same when he was elected.
Meanwhile, an even more serious allegation about Wyser rears its head. It seems the then spokesman for the Marion County Prosecutor's Office, Mario Massillamany called Hamilton County attorney Tim Stoesz (brother and law partner of then GOP candidate Steve Stoesz) and suggested that if Steve Stoesz didn't drop out (the drop out deadline had not yet passed) that the Stoesz brothers' criminal defense practice would suffer because a Wyser-led Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office would not offer plea deals to the Stoesz's clients. Massillamany didn't realize he was being taped and now claims it was merely a "joke." Tim Stoesz though wants a special prosecutor to be appointed to see if the intimidation statute was violated. Steve Stoesz ended up dropping out of the race.
It appears that Wyser's involvement in Marion County politics has taught him how Indy political leaders operate. Job threats and intimidation have been standard fare when Republicans dare challenge the hand-picked candidate of local party leaders. The goal is to eliminate the competition before the primary, which appears to be exactly what Wyser and his people tried to do in Hamilton County.
Of course, these allegations all come on the heels of the news that Wyser received and later returned $2500 contribution from Indianapolis businessman Harrison Epperly, whose daughter, Paula Willoughby, was serving two jail sentences for murder. Wyser agreed to a modification agreement to allow her out of jail early. Also an attorney involved in representing Willoughby threw a fundraiser for Wyser. It is these allegations that prompted challengers to Wyser.
One thing I do not understand is why Hamilton County Republicans haven't already kicked David Wyser to the curb. Have they not learned anything from what Indianapolis Republicans are currently going through with Prosecutor Carl Brizzi? Do Hamilton County Republicans really want to nominate a Brizzi wannabe, a scandal-plagued candidate who would be so damaged that the Democrats might actually have a chance to win that office in November? Do they really want to spend the next four years dealing with a prosecutor who has already displayed questionable ethics and poor judgment?