Mayor Greg Ballard's campaign is buying radio spots to promote his proposal to hire 280So Mayor Ballard solicits campaign contributions to run for office, and instead uses the money to push for income and property tax increases and to promote a pre-K program? While perfectly legal in Indiana law, I can't imagine his donors,
new police officers and invest $50 million in early childhood education.
Mayor Greg Ballard
The ads will begin running Thursday on several stations in advance of a Sept. 22 City-County Council deadline to take action on his plan. If it is not approved, the pre-k component would die for this year.
The ads are being paid for by the Greg Ballard for Mayor Committee. Ballard has not yet said whether he will seek a third term as mayor.
Campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Hallowell would not reveal how much was spent but said it was "a decent-sized buy."
She said it was unusual for a campaign to spend money on a legislative proposal but the mayor was committed to getting the plan passed.
Ballard should be pocketing every dollar he receives in 2014 in anticipation of a 2015 re-election bid. The fact he isn't doing that suggests that Ballard might well forgo running for a third term.