Saturday, May 1, 2010
Tom John Reaches New Level Of Hypocrisy, Accuses Sheriff Candidate Bart McAtee of "Back Room Deals"
Marion County GOP Chairman Tom John has outdone himself.
During John's tenure, he and his Hamilton County sidekick, David Brooks, have turned the once vaunted Marion County Republican machine into an operation where virtually every decision is made behind closed doors by John and Brooks who then attempt to shove their decisions down the throats of Republican workers. While this is not unusual in Marion County Republican Politics, Tom John has taken the elitist, back room approach to a new level. Tom John, David Brooks, et al. apparently believe they have been ordained by God to pick the Republican nominees in Marion County and are furious when someone doesn't go along with their program. Brooks went so far as to make a silly Hatch Act claim to try to get Marion County Sheriff candidate Bart McAtee removed from the ballot.
Now Tom John has taken his hypocrisy to new levels. In a mailer with the tag line "Tired of Back Room Deals and Politics as Usual," Tom John, through the auspices of the Marion County Republican Central Committee (it's nice to see Tom John waste Republican funds attacking another Republican), accuses McAtee of cutting a "back room political deal" with Frank Anderson.
For the record, I have zero regard for Frank Anderson. At best, he's been asleep at the wheel for 7 1/2 years and has repeatedly failed to do his job. He's also profited handsomely off the inmates and their families and he should be deeply ashamed of the way he's exploited them. Sheriff Further Anderson has spent over $4 million in commissary money on his private law firm (and political contributor) in clear violation of Indiana law. Talk about someone who has trouble following the law.
Having said that, Tom John should be the last person in the county to accuse someone of a "back room deal." That's Tom John's stock in trade. It's because John insists all decisions be made at the top of the county organization and believes the GOP precinct and ward workers exist merely to carry out his edicts, that John has not done what is necessary to reinvigorate the Republican grass roots by restoring the power of the GOP party worker.
Hopefully this hypocritical mailer will mark the beginning of the end for Tom John's chairmanship. That he is willing to use Republican funds to slander another Republican in a primary battle, all because his is angry his slated choice is being challenged, is emblematic of the need to kick Tom John and his Hamilton County sidekick to the curb.