Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Is Brizzi On His Way Out?

Formerly the biggest fish in the local Republican pond, Carl Brizzi has become a punchline over the past few months as his entire office has resembled a poorly-constructed raft on a mighty ocean. Like Tom Hanks' character in Castaway, Brizzi continues to hold on, but the sharks may be starting to nip at his heels.

Terry Burns over at the Indianapolis Times posted this on Brizzi yesterday. He says his radar shows a hurricane in the form of someone in the upper ranks of the local Republican Party perhaps turning on Brizzi and asking for him to resign.

The "Go Carl Go" train has gained traction on both sides of the aisle as embarrassment after embarrassment piles up for the Prosecutor. Chris Worden over at the iPOPA blog has also been all over the Brizzi mess. He chimed in on Friday with his latest post on the latest debacle. Get all the details here.

Like Burns, I doubt that Brizzi will give in to the pressure even though he probably should resign to preserve whatever dignity the office still has.

If he does resign, it could be very interesting to see who is installed to replace him, and it could test the support that Governor Mitch Daniels...I mean...Mark Massa (I always make that mistake) has within the Marion County GOP. Would there be a surprise on tap? I guess we shall see.


Paul K. Ogden said...


I could be totally wrong on this, but I think a vacancy in the Marion County Prosecutor's Office is filled by appointment of the Governor, not a vote of the PCs, the same way vacancies are filled when Marion County Superior Court judges step down mid-terms.

As I recall Sonia Leerkamp was appointed by Evan Bayh to replace the Hamilton County Prosecutor. Leerkamp was a Democrat who changed to Republican when she had to actually face the overwhelming Republican electorate in Hamilton County.

Regardless, Mark Massa would win a vote of the Marion County Republican PCs.

Anonymous said...

But Paul,

We all know that the PCs have no voice in the matter. Tom John makes his choice and the deal is done. I agree, that Massa would win anyway. But to assume that the pCs really have a voice is madness at best.

This is a great day in the history of Democrat politics.

Anonymous said...


You are wrong about Sonia Leerkamp. She was elected in her own right back in 1994. She succeeded Steven Nation, who ran for Judge of Hamilton County Superior Court 1.

She was never a Democrat. You may be thinking of Gail Bardach, who is the Judge in Hamilton County Superior Court 6.

Paul K. Ogden said...

Anon 3;46: I agree Sonia Leerkamp was elected in her own right as prosecutor. But her initial stint in office was to fill out the term of the previous prosecutor. And she was appointed by Bayh to that position. As I recall she switched to the Republican Party after she was appointed by Bayh.

Then again, I could be totally wrong. My memory is fading as I age.

Marycatherine Barton said...

I think there is only a 20% chance that Carl B. will resign.