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.