Indianapolis - With his last day on the job Friday, Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi is ready to start his new career in law and reputation management.Later in the story, Brizzi mentions having $500,000 in his campaign account but also says that he's already spent all of his Durham money and therefore can't give it back. He doesn't see a connection between the two.
He told Eyewitness News he's formed Carl Brizzi and Associates, LLC, "under the idea that bad things happen to good people. A lot of times people need help with the legal consequences, but there are also non-legal [consequences]."
Brizzi brings a lot of personal experience to the table. When he won a second term in 2006, many saw him as a rising star in the Republican party. But three years later, several Republicans urged him not to seek re-election and later to resign, fearing he'd be a liability.
Brizzi faced scrutiny for several real estate deals and his ties to businessman Timothy Durham, the subject of an FBI raid early last year. While Durham hasn't been charged with anything, he is part of an ongoing criminal investigation.
"It was tough, but at the end of the day, there was nothing there except for rumors and speculation and innuendo and that's all died down now as well," said Brizzi.
Can you imagine the boost Brizzi would get to his reputation if he returned $500,000 to Durham's victims? But, hey, what do I know...I don't run a "reputation management" firm.
Carl Brizzi lecturing people on "reputation management" is as bad as Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard lecturing people on "leadership."