I received the same bill for the Greg Ballard re-election campaign as Gary Welsh of Advance Indiana reported receiving. So the Ballard campaign has now mailed his two harshest public critics a solicitation for money for his campaign. This is yet more evidence of an incompetent campaign.
I love Gary's explanation as to why he won't contribute, so let me reprint in full here:
I've seen peculiar solicitations from politicians over the years, but the one I received in the mail today from Mayor Greg Ballard takes the cake. The plain white envelope came addressed to me with "STATEMENT ENCLOSED" emblazoned over my name and address. When I opened the envelope, I found a cut-off document at the top entitled "2011 Annual Support Statement", complete with a tracking code and suggested payment of $500.00 or other small denominations. Below the statement was a letter from Ballard:Yeah, Greg, don't expect a check from me either. I'm too poor from paying your 100 plus tax and fee increases, higher sewer bills, and for all those insider, pay-to-play schemes your administration has hatched to screw over the city's taxpayers. We do not need another four years of a big spending liberal who is a Republican in name only.
Sorry, Greg, but I'm not feeling the love and would never make the mistake of supporting you for any elective office again, particularly Mayor of Indianapolis, after you broke virtually every campaign promise you made four years ago as a candidate. I don't need a bill sent to me for your re-election; I'm already paying dearly in higher taxes, higher water and sewer bills and higher fees. If I want a tax-and-spend liberal who runs the city as a Pay-To-Play racket for all of the city contractors making lots of money at my expense, I'll vote for someone else. In other words, don't tell me the dog's tail is wagging, explain why it's biting my hand.I'm excited to share with you that I recently announced that I will seek a second term as Mayor of Indianapolis.
This was a very personal decision for me, Gary, but I was encouraged by the support of my wife, Winnie, and by hundreds of good people from all walks of like throughout the county who know what a difference our team has made for the city we love . . .
Can I count on you to join me again as a valued member of the Ballard campaign team in 2011?