Monday, November 29, 2010
Rumors Flying on Straub, Vaughn
A highly-regarded Republican source tells me that Dr. Frank Straub's about to have some difficulty in the City-County Council getting some of his own appointments past the Republican caucus on the Council. My source tells me that the Republicans are playing hard ball to force Mayor Greg Ballard's hand to appoint a new public safety director.
That's the rumor.
I am having trouble independently confirming this rumor, however. Another highly-regarded source familiar with the Council tells me that key Republicans are actually happy with Straub and feel like they can get some good reforms with him in place. My source also points out that Straub is a Democrat by registration and that should not necessarily be a bad thing for Democrats. Is it time to back off for the Dems?
The same Republican source tells me that if Ballard does not run for re-election that you can expect City-County Council President Ryan Vaughn to do so. After all, Vaughn has carried the Ballard Administration's water loyally. He has been Ballard's voice on the Council even as the President.
My other source, again, doubts that this is true. This source points out that Vaughn could not even get through slating for the Indiana Senate seat he ran for in a Republican area. That was also with Mayor Ballard's help.
The truth is out there, but there are a bunch of rumors flying around, too.