Sunday, June 21, 2015

GOP Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard Appoints Democrat and LGBT Leader as Press Secretary

Today, the Indypolitics blog published an article by Brad Jacklin detailing why he decided to return to Indianapolis.  In the article, Jacklin is identified Mayor Greg Ballard's new press secretary.

A "google" search of "Jacklin" and "Ballard" reveal that not a single media outlet has reported that Jacklin is Ballard's new press secretary.  Curiously it appears from Jacklin's article that the Mayor Ballard had suggested that his name be left out of Jacklin's article.  It is not clear how Mayor Ballard thought he could keep under wraps his appointment of a press secretary.
Brad Jacklin

Jacklin, who is also an attorney, up until early this year served as Executive Director of the congressional LGBT Equality Caucus.  Before taking that position in 2013, Jacklin worked for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. The reason for Jacklin's departure from the Equality Caucus is not clear from published reports but may be tied to membership being cut in half earlier this year when the Caucus decided to impose $400 annual dues, which according to the Washington Blade, Jacklin said was for the purpose of increasing his $55,000 annual salary.  Over half the members of Congress in the LGBT Equality Caucus balked at paying the dues, including Indianapolis Congressman Andre Carson.

Being a Republican and supportive of LGBT rights is not unusual for Indianapolis politics.  But here is the thing.  Jacklin is not even remotely a Republican.  He's a liberal Democratic activist who has worked for Democratic congressman Sean Patrick Mahoney.   There is nothing in Jacklin's history or activism which suggests he has even remotely Republican leanings and should be put into a key position in a GOP administration where policy and communication of that policy will be debated.

Interestingly enough Jacklin concludes his article with this plea to keep his job after the 2015 municipal election: "I’ll be here in January 2016 if the next Mayor wants me."   I'm sure Jacklin will fit right in with the administration of Mayor Joe Hogsett.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, now, doesn't this just beat it all??? The "gifts" from this two-faced sea cow just do not stop coming! As an adult out and proud Indy metro area LGBT (who votes), I literally had to use all my mental strength to stop my body's autonomic retching contractions that I experienced when I heard that ex-soldier and uber-corrupt Mayor Greg Ballard was the Grand Marshall of this year's Indy Pride parade. A savvy mainstream reporter would do well to check with Cathedral H.S. co-horts of Greg's to see how his position on gays and lesbians may have "evolved". In any event, the fact that this bloated mayor might intentionally omit a newly hired gay person's name from a press release is just as criminal as this corrupt jackass's Vision Fleet. I hope the "Realtor Activist" has new signs ready to proclaim out and proud that "Ballard Must Go NOW". If Greg Ballard did intentionally omit a name because of sexual orientation, well.... who is the LGBT brainiac who asked our creepy mayor to be Grand Marshall in the first place? Greg Ballard is a complete embarrassment to this City and I am highly suspicious (again) of this guy's proclamations how RFRA "hurt" Indianan and potentially Indianapolis.

Leon Dixon said...

All this Republican Crap has to do with the Establishment Mantra that duh GOP ought to stay out of bedrooms but be willing and able to stick the taxpayers with tab for what occurs there. We can go right down the line of stupid Republicans in Indiana to see if that isn't exactly the case with this Mayor being just the latest example of how the Stupid Party operates. If I may stencil a short saying on the elongated nose of every stupid Republican in Indiana it would be that Social Issues have Social Costs. Most Indiana voters would prefer that these objectively disordered sorts pick up their own costs for the risks they take. Do we need to make up a poll to see what the people think about subsidizing the bedroom behavior of those who directly cause social costs?

Anonymous said...

I am beginning to wonder what drugs Mayor Greg Ballard could be using....

Anonymous said...

Right on Leon I agree with you 100%. Republicans don't mind spending the public money on those things that they consider to be important to them the public be damned. Case in point Governor Mike pence. Enough said.

Anonymous said...

Was this job publicly posted?

I would have liked to apply for it.

Anonymous said...

"Jacklin concludes his article with this plea to keep his job after the 2015 municipal election: "I’ll be here in January 2016 if the next Mayor wants me."

Does Ballard really have the arrogance to presume he's hiring people the Hogsett administration will be forced to retain?