U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett: Hogsett would be a formidable candidate should he choose to thrown his hat into the ring. But Hogsett is in a bit of a trick bag (a phrase Mark Small used in court yesterday). To up his profile, he has to be willing to take on the corrupt pay-to-play political culture in Indianapolis. That steps not only on Republican toes but Democrats as well. I'd say he's probably not the favorite to get the Democratic nomination.
|Councilor Vop Osili|
Councilor Vop Osili: Even though he's been a statewide candidate and now is a City-County Councilor, I must confess I don't know much about him. The people who do know him speak highly of him as a person. But what policies would he push as Mayor? Would he take on the downtown business establishment that has pretty much run Indianapolis, regardless of which party controls the Mayor's Office? My guess is those folks will work hard between now and 2015 to recruit Osili to be a Melina Kennedy-type candidate, at least in terms of policies he would push if elected. Would Osili have the intestinal fortitude to step up to those folks and take a more populist approach? I don't know.
|Councilor Brian Mahern|
Congressman Andre Carson: I haven't heard his name mentioned, but I'll mention him here. While I don't like Congressman Carson's views, I find him to be a very personable individual and probably a better retail campaigner than his predecessor Julia Carson and Andy Jacobs. But to run for a new office means taking a bigger risk. Generally incumbents are risk averse.
Councilor Christine Scales: Okay, she's my dream mayor, a Republican who has the intestinal fortitude to stand up and do what is right for the people, a fiscal conservative who thinks that description includes not handing out taxpayer money to politically connected companies. She would restore fairness, common sense and integrity to the 25th Floor. The powers that be in the Republican Party though would rather have a Democrat elected Mayor than to elect a Republican who would challenge the notion that taxpayers should subsidize the downtown establishment. That fact was made crystal clear in 2011 when Scales drew a Democratic opponent, heavily funded by downtown insiders, a Democrat who actually campaigned against Scales for not being sufficiently supportive of the Mayor's corporate welfare schemes.
Mayor Greg Ballard: Might Ballard run for a third term? I doubt it. Ballard was extremely fortunate last time to draw as an opponent someone who was unwilling to hit Ballard on the corporate welfare-type issues on which he was extremely vulnerable : issues such as the 50 year ACS parking meter contract,the $33.5 million taxpayer gift to the Pacers, and the Broad Ripple Parking Garage, a facility to be paid for by the taxpayers and given away to a major contributor to the Mayor. Now Ballard faces a new Council Democratic majority that is more willing to take on those issues. Further, Ballard continues to have a deaf ear when it comes to understanding politics. Raising the pay of his staff while demanding cuts from public safety is obviously a bad political move. Yet they didn't see that coming? I doubt Ballard is going to want to tempt fate yet again by running for a third term.