Sunday, April 10, 2011
Why is the Mayor Throwing Hail Marys?
Mayor Greg Ballard has apparently quietly set aside 10 percent of city jobs for individuals with criminal records.
While part of me wants to praise the Mayor for coming up with an innovative idea that will help a group of people that really need help, another part of me is saying, "What the hell is he thinking?" It's not even May yet, and Greg Ballard is firing Hail Mary passes at the end zone.
Again, it's an odd choice for a Republican Mayor of Indianapolis who wants to appear tough on crime, and it just can't resonate well with his base. That's what Paul Ogden and Gary Welsh, two conservative bloggers in town, have said as they have both weighed in on the Ballard plan. Ogden's take is here. Welsh's take is here.
It's another risky and undisciplined move in an election year by a man that clearly is not in campaign trim. This is the kind of plan you uncork next year at this time if you win re-election. It's not the kind of plan a Republican puts forth now. You might expect this out of a Democrat that is not the frontrunner...like Sam Carson, but it's not something you expect out of the sitting Mayor.
I guess this underscores how concerned Mayor Ballard is about Melina Kennedy right now. He's going for broke in April.