Sunday, April 17, 2011
Abdul: Making Stuff Up Twice in One Week?
Abdul-Hakim Shabazz is out again crying wolf from the rooftops that there is some feud running between Ed Treacy and Andre Carson and that Ed has used some unpublishable epithets in describing the Congressman.
You would think that as many people as I talk to about all things Democratic...on and off the record...insiders, former insiders, and outsiders...that someone would have mentioned a nugget like this to me. Yet, I laughed when I read Abdul's piece because I thought it was tragically funny because it was so Mars Attacks far fetched
Knowing both Ed and Andre and knowing people that are closest to them, I can honestly say that Abdul's piece was the first I had heard about this alleged feud. Believe me, I also know people that don't like Ed and a few people that don't like Andre (mostly Republicans that don't know him), but none of those people have ever said anything to me remotely close to what Abdul claims in his piece. That leads me to the conclusion that this dreamscape from Mr. Shabazz is more fit for an Indiana cow pasture than it is for the realm of reality. I'd call it straight up bull.
Why? Whenever I have seen the Chair and the Congressman together, they have been nothing but outwardly cordial and amazingly genuine. Beyond having a personal friendship, I think they realize that they need each other. It would have been very easy for the Congressman to upset the apple cart and throw his support to his uncle Sam in the Mayor's race, but he did not. He threw his support to his friend Melina Kennedy and has been supporting the party-backed slate of candidates for both at-large and district seats on the City-County Council.
Make no mistake about it, Andre is the biggest fish in Marion County politics right now. There is NO QUESTION. He is the "E.F. Hutton" locally right now for Dems. Treacy knows this, and he can see it. I think there's a genuine respect between the two.
Contrary to what the "namers" say all the time, Andre Carson didn't arrive in Congress only on the coattails of his late grandmother, Julia. He has EARNED his position in Congress through a series of events that no one really has had to in recent history in Indiana.
After the death of his grandmother, Carson prevailed in a caucus against a field of talented Democrats. That was in January of 2008. In March of 2008, he won a Special Election and a seat in Congress over the talented moderate, Jon Elrod. Then, he defeated seven more Democrats including three very talented and experienced politicians. Then, he dusted Gabrielle Campo in the General Election in 2008. He easily won re-election in 2010. Why? Because Ed Treacy had his back almost every step of the way.
You see, Ed Treacy is great at what he does. Take a look at what he's accomplished as Chair since he returned to the seat after the horrible Democratic defeat in 2007 under Mike O'Connor. He's shepherded Andre through some tough elections and has now taken back almost every office in the City-County Building by recruiting great candidates and being very aggressive.
Is Ed is caustic sometimes? Absolutely. He will belly bump with the best of them, and he is likely to hold a grudge. I'm sure Abdul's source is probably someone that is not in Ed's good graces. Someone that maybe is on the outside and thinks they know more about what's going on inside then they do. I don't know everything that is going on inside the party, but I think I certainly would have heard about this.
But, I've already spent too much time and effort beating this one down. This is probably one of the most ridiculous things my cigar-smoking friend has ever cooked up over cigars and cocktails. The only place this rumor is true is the same place where Angela Mansfield is still banned at the Living Room Lounge (she's not...old story).
So, really, Abdul, is that really just a cigar you are smoking? I know, I know...sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Keep swinging, though. It's good blog post material.