Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Curry Leads County Office Sweep for Dems
Marion County voters have spoken and despite Mitch Daniels' great influence on the race, there is a change in power at the Prosecutor's Office.
When he is sworn in, Terry Curry will become the first Democrat to serve as Marion County Prosecutor in 16 years. Republican Mark Massa's late attempt to go negative showed only desperation. With Curry in office, finally, the stench of Carl Brizzi's term as Prosecutor will dissipate.
Curry arguably becomes the most powerful Democrat in Indiana. With Republicans dominating nearly every office in the State House, Curry is the man who would have the responsibility of investigating state government. Massa was a hand-picked and well-qualified candidate, but his campaign derailed over the last month before trying to get back on track.
Instead, it was Curry that closed his campaign with a strong finish, but it was Massa that provided the opportunity.
Massa's negative ad on Curry's defense of a sex offender when Curry was a defense attorney turned the stomach of many voters. Massa was expecting the opposite effect when his campaign tried to link Curry's defense attorney record to what he might do as Prosecutor.
Instead, Curry responded with one of the strongest ads of the campaign that drove home the point that, for Curry, the job of Prosecutor is personal. It looks like that message resonated with voters. As someone who was critical of Curry's campaign in the early going, I'm very pleased that it picked up quickly. Looks like the early ground-game focus helped to provide the win.
The Marion County Democratic Party had a good night, overall. While there were some discouraging results at the Indiana House and Senate level (Frank Anderson's and John Barnes' defeats among them), the county ticket swept the day. Congressman Andre Carson easily rebuffed Marvin Scott, and Vop Osili won the county giving Democrats continued ballot position and polling site inspector jobs for four more years.
Looks like the MCDP still has some fight in it, and this just underscores that Marion County is, by-and-large, a Democratic county. In this good Republican year, Marion County still looks pretty blue although there were some changes in the townships.
I'm going to sleep on things. I wouldn't be very honest if I didn't say that I'm extremely disappointed in the national scene. I'm also extremely disappointed that the local candidates here in Decatur Township didn't win and were not even close. Bittersweet thoughts are in my head right now though the idea of Terry Curry in the Prosecutor's Office makes it more sweet.