Monday, February 1, 2010
Prosecutorial Pile-Up: Curry Emerges Victorious Ending Pile-Up Series
This is the last entry into the Prosecutorial Pile-up series. Terry Curry has emerged from the field now and will go unopposed at slating to take the party banner to the Primary in May.
It hasn't been easy. When things started, no one knew who might emerge. The field consisted of Curry, David Orentlicher, Greg Bowes, and Lowell "Butch" Shroyer. There were rumors of a Beth White or Linda Pence run at one point, but neither of the last two rumors panned out. While Marion County Republicans still wait for Governor Mitch Daniels to figure out who their candidate will be, Marion County Democrats have seen Curry do the heavy lifting necessary to proudly earn the party's endorsement.
The only man left standing in Curry's way from a clean run at the Republican-to-be-named-yet in November is Greg Bowes. The Marion County Assessor has some experience as a Deputy Prosecutor. He swears up and down that he really never wanted the Assessor's job but wanted the chance to run in 2006 for Prosecutor. He says he stepped aside in favor of Melina Kennedy at that point because he was asked to do so by Bart Peterson.
If he really wanted the job, I think he had a funny way of showing it. Bowes spent the first few months of his campaign for Prosecutor running as the Assessor. Since then, he's sharpened his campaign, but the discussion has moved past him after the fundraising figures were released. Curry and Orentlicher raised a ton of campaign cash. Bowes did not. I wonder how he thinks he is going to find the kind of money that he needs out there to beat Curry or the yet-to-be-named Republican. Besides outworking Bowes on the Democrat circuit of clubs and events, Curry's cash on hand total is well over six times as what Bowes has raised. People don't want to write checks to someone that they think doesn't have a chance. And, I may be stepping out on a limb here, but Greg Bowes has no chance. Sure he's taking his case to the voters in May, but he's now facing a major campaign arsenal that includes the support of almost every major officeholder on the Democratic side. Bowes is doing little more than pushing a principle at this point. He needs to save whatever political capital he has and drop this silly run post haste. Slating was good enough for Bowes when he ran for Assessor and City-County Council, but it apparently is not now.
Orentlicher's pull out was surprising. All along, it appeared the Orentlicher would take the fight to slating and, like Curry, would abide by the slating results. He gave a great and passionate speech at the Perry Township Democratic Club on Thursday night...hours before he dropped out of the race and threw his support behind Terry Curry. What will happen to that money he raised...all $183,000 of it? Will he transfer that cash to Curry? As a good friend of mine put it, David O. has a place in government, and I suppose we'll see what's next for one of the smartest people I know.
Shroyer also made a good early run. Butch is a "central casting" Prosecutor because he looked the part, but he realized that name recognition might be a problem for a soldier-turned-cop-turned-lawyer. With an amazing amount of class and dignity, he stepped aside in September and immediately endorsed Curry.
So, with Greg Bowes clinging to his calf, Terry Curry has finally risen to the top of the Prosecutorial Pile-up. This now becomes a two car race on the Democratic side with Bowes in a 1978 Pinto, and Curry in a nice shiny new Mustang. Greg Bowes has made his point on slating and now it's time for him to save his political career and step aside for the future Marion County Prosecutor, Terry Curry.