Friday, February 12, 2010
SOMEBODY STOP HIM!
After announcing his candidacy for Prosecutor, sending out a four-page letter to party loyalists saying he was running for Prosecutor and not going to participate in slating, and appearing at countless functions saying he was running for Prosecutor over the last year, Abdul Hakim-Shabazz writes this morning that Greg Bowes is going to "formally" announce he's running for Prosecutor today. This comes as the Democrats are set to meet to slate Terry Curry as the party's choice on Saturday.
Greg is a friend of mine, and I can't for the life of me understand all of this. So, it's time for a little more tough love.
Greg, we get it by now. We know you're running. You have been outworked and outpaced by a candidate with more experience in the type of work for the office you both seek and a candidate who is better organized and already "tourney-tested." Terry Curry has clawed his way past strong candidates like Butch Shroyer and David Orentlicher...and you...to get where he is today. Why is it that almost everyone gets this but seemingly you? You have a bright future in politics. As a friend, I urge you to drop out now. Politically, if you keep digging buddy; you'll reach China.
Terry Curry has not only begun to garnish big time endorsements (IBEW Local 481 today); he is beginning to collect the cash needed to defeat Mitch Daniels/Mark Massa in the fall. Greg, you have done little or nothing other than fight this losing battle to change slating. The argument can be made that slating sucks, but it's the party's rules now. You can effect more change from the inside than the outside, and you've used slating before as a City-County Council candidate and a candidate for Assessor. You have been on the inside with a voice.
Still, you push this now. You won't win. I don't care what people leaving comments say here. You will not beat Terry Curry in the spring. If you do, I will be the first to eat crow...feathers and all. I will congratulate you on your stunning upset. But, with a campaign crippled by all of this acrimony, how are you going to beat Mark Massa and the Mitch Daniels machine? We've seen first hand that voters in Marion County have kept the Prosecutor's Office in Republican hands. Massa is Daniels' selection, but he is a formidable candidate that only Terry Curry can beat.
Most Democrats seem to realize that Curry is the best shot to beat the Republicans. He may be the favorite with the way the county has tracked in voter registration. Still, Mitch Daniels' machine will back Massa with everything it can. The last thing the Governor wants is a tough, immensely qualified Democrat like Terry Curry sitting in the Prosecutor's Office in Marion County. Raising a little over 7K like you did last year won't work when the Daniels crew has millions.
Greg, you can announce it as many times as you want, but it's a foolish and politically self-destructive path you are on here. Loyal Democrats will not forgive you for this. Drop out now and save what you can...that's my advice. Take it or leave it.
And, thanks again for the Christmas card.