A longtime friend and veteran of many campaigns e-mailed me after I published the numbers from Brian Williams' 174 last-minute CAN-37 form submissions to the Marion County Clerk's Office.
She told me that she believes the Brian Williams campaign filed TWO people to run against her for Precinct Committeeperson (PC) in her precinct. What was more shocking is what this prominent Democrat said next. She said that Williams had never once asked to sit down and talk with her regarding her vote for Mayor at slating in 2011. This despite a long reputation within the party and also the fact that they attend THE SAME CHURCH and that WILLIAMS KNOWS HER HUSBAND. She even says that her husband talked to Williams MORE THAN ONCE while she stood next to them both, but he didn't even give her a hello. She said, "I don't think he knew who I was, not that I am anything important, but if you don't even know who the PCs and WCs (Ward Chairs) are when they are married to people you know, then I am not sure you should be running for anything important."
And the hits just keep on coming.
Yesterday, I also received a letter from Williams touting his campaign's accomplishments thus far. The letter apparently went to those on the PC list because my friend (who was filed against by Williams loyalists) also got the letter.
Williams writes in the letter,
"Over the past six months, over 200 of my supporters filed to run as precinct committee persons. These supporters reflect the rich diversity of Indianapolis. They range in age for 18 to 85, represent all nine townships in Marion County, every City-County Council district, and three excluded municipalities. Each one of these men and women bring new ideas and energy to the Democratic Party both of which are needed if we are to succeed in 2010 and 2011."
So, basically, Williams is saying, "I filed someone against you because I thought your old ideas and lack of energy sucked. We can't win with you in 2010 and 2011."
After reading Williams' letter, my friend said, "Does he not realize that he sent that to someone that he is possibly putting people up against? This is not a good thing and certainly not something that I would be impressed by!"
Another longtime and hardworking Democratic PC from Washington Township who is being challenged by a Williams candidate said that he also received the letter. He said, "He must think that we're stupid."
It appears that Williams' idea of "wanting it more" (as some commenters have called it) was to just mass file a bunch of forms last minute, release a news release, and hope they go through. It seems like a scorched earth strategy rather than a more practical one of working with the current structure. In essence, Williams seems to, in many cases, want to try to re-make the party around himself rather than to win the party's nomination with hard work and shoe leather. Unfortunately for him, it appears he botched it almost to EPIC FAIL levels.
I believe Williams sloppy filing of these forms and ticking off of the very establishment he needs to win may ultimately doom his candidacy. He filed against some VERY GOOD DEMOCRATS who are independent-minded and work to make their communities better places by filling their boards and educating their neighbors on important issues. These are not the fans of "oligarchy" that he wants people to believe they are. These are GOOD DEMOCRATS! GOOD WORKERS! People that deserved a phone call and not a coup attempt.
Greg Ballard's not the sharpest pencil in the box, but he did upset a well-funded, highly-regarded and two-term incumbent. He has $2 million in the bank. Democrats need a real candidate for Mayor with not only smart and tangible solutions to our city's problems, but one that's tourney-tested. By his campaign's actions, Brian Williams, in my view, shows himself to be sorely lacking in his readiness to take on Greg Ballard. He should get his act together or get out of the way.