Saturday, September 4, 2010

Mayor Ballard Needs Help Managing Crisis

Well, I had planned to take the Labor Day weekend off, but I can't let this one slip by.

According to the "We the people want justice and no special treatment for Ex-Officer Bisard" Facebook page, Mayor Greg Ballard has hastily called a Saturday afternoon News Conference to discuss IMPD reform with reporters. Unless he's forcing out Frank Straub, I won't be writing anything about it, and, unless he's forcing out Frank Straub, he should be waiting until Tuesday to hold the news conference.

Any political neophyte knows what a Saturday news conference really is. It's a way to bury the story. No one is paying attention to city issues today. They are having cookouts, attending bonfires, walking in parades, visiting family, watching football, or even traveling. The Mayor and his people likely know this. If they don't, then they need some education on the issue.

Ballard is managing this whole thing by the seat of his pants. Everything should be on the table, and he shouldn't be talking on the Saturday afternoon of Labor Day weekend. This could mean that there is some big major announcement, but I guess we'll see.

Back to my Labor Day slumber, hopefully.


Paul K. Ogden said...

Actually he could get Sunday newspaper coverage. Sunday's paper is the best read paper of the week. The TV coverage will be poorly watched though for the reason you stated.

If he really wanted to bury it, a Sunday afternoon press conference leading into a Monday holiday (when people aren't going to read the paper as closely as a workday) would just about do it.

I don't get the impression this administration is very media savvy...or they just don't care. They sent Ballard out to talk about the $33.5 million gift to the Pacers. He was on every tv station promoting it. There was not a chance in the world that would ever be a popular move and it was a done deal when it was didn't have to be approved bythe Council. So there was no reason to send him out there to lobby for it in the public. The move made the Mayor a huge target. A media savvy administration would have sent out surrogates to defend it not lead with the Mayor.

Then again, I'm not sure the people around the Mayor care if he's re-elected.

Had Enough Indy? said...

Paul - actually, the Council does get to approve or disapprove at least the $10 million gift to the Pacers for 2011.