Monday, October 4, 2010
Dems Should Win on Issues in Statewide Office Races
If there ever was a year for the Democrats to claim a deserving victory in the races for Treasurer, Auditor, and Secretary of State, this would be the year.
Let's take the last part first. Vop Osili, the Democratic candidate for Secretary of State, began the campaign season as an awesome candidate. His opponent, Charlie White, began the campaign season as a weak candidate. White's only qualification for the office appeared to be that he was a member of the Fishers Town Council and an attorney for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Now, of course, he has resigned his Town Council seat after the entire well-documented controversy about his residency. It's a mess. Osili is now calling for an investigation. Talk about an October surprise in September.
Democratic nominee for Treasurer, Pete Buttigieg, has seen his opponent, the incumbent, Richard Mourdock mismanage the office and bring in polarizing right wing figures like Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Fox News commentator Glenn Beck in support of his campaign. Buttigieg, meanwhile, keeps calling out Mourdock for his behavior as treasurer. He claims that Mourdock invested taxpayer dollars in junk bonds and waged a personal vendetta against Chrysler with the well-documented lawsuit that could have potentially harmed pension-holders and killed jobs.
Sam Locke, the Democratic nominee for Indiana Auditor, has been hitting the incumbent, Tim Berry hard for potentially charging the state's taxpayers for campaign travel. He also has criticized Berry for essentially being a rubber stamp as Auditor and simply signing the check without asking too many questions. Locke has made some very compelling arguments.
So, Indiana voters have a choice over this last month. It remains to be seen if the Democrats can get the message out enough. The right is in full "nothing to see here" mode. It's going to take a lot of word-of-mouth over the next few weeks to take this campaign to a different trajectory.