Well, by now, many have heard the news. Mayor Greg Ballard was the victim of a "high tech" pickpocket scheme in Detroit. The good news is that after this scary incident, Indianapolis' mayor is just fine and our city's security is not at risk (according to the Mayor himself). Mayor Ballard returned from the NCAA Final Four missing his personal cell phone and with his wallet after being pickpocketed in Detroit.
It is somewhat alarming that the Mayor of Indianapolis thought he was so safe walking from Ford Field to his hotel IN DETROIT that he needed no security IN DETROIT. I understand saving the tax payer a few dollars, but my goodness, this is nuts! He was IN DETROIT! COME ON MAN! DETROIT! (My apologies to the City of Detroit. This honestly could have happened anywhere.) After his brush with a pickpocket IN DETROIT, apparently hizzoner rushed security to accompany him during the rest of the trip. It was a major potential embarassment for the City of Indianapolis and the Ballard Administration that thankfully, so far, didn't get picked up by the media and thus making more of a national splash. All-in-all, Ballard got some actually nice coverage from it and kind of came across as a "if it happened to me, it could happen to you" figure.
Still, something about all of this seems fishy to me. I can't quite put my finger on this. I still can't reconcile how the Mayor of Indianapolis is allowed by anyone, including himself, to walk around without security in this day and age of crazies. I can't reconcile how the Mayor of Indianapolis would WANT to walk around without security. I guess that just sums up our current mayor. He's, in my opinion, not the sharpest suit in the wardrobe.
We went from a professional mayor to a guy that sometimes appears to not even understand the signficance of his elected office. THIS IS THE MAYOR OF A MAJOR CITY UNGUARDED AT A MAJOR SPORTING EVENT IN ANOTHER MAJOR CITY THAT'S SOMEWHAT KNOWN FOR CRIME. Does this make sense to you? Add this incident to the others and the lack of vision, lack of knowledge of community issues, and general lack of political savvy, and I think people maybe starting to have enough of this Mayor.
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