Editor's Note: Due to a snafu, this posted an hour early and is Wednesday's post. Enjoy your extra time of preview!
Mayor Greg Ballard's second TV ad is supposed to be all about how the bumbling Lt. Col. became the most powerful executive officeholder in Marion County and the City of Indianapolis and just wants to keep on keeping on. It starts out with a line that has become a clear joke to the citizens of Indianapolis.
"You all know, politics isn't my thing."
What a jokester. Mayor Ballard has continued to portray himself as this nice guy that somehow finished first in 2007. He should be credited for riding the wave of property tax angst that took him, grassroots and all, into the Mayor's Office. Once there, it took him a while to come up with someone else's vision before he became Steve Goldsmith on steroids.
While Goldsmith's idea was to privatize city services, Ballard's been busy selling off our assets for short term political gains. Out popped all those "Rebuild Indy" signs with the promise of all the work...or the bulk of it done by the November. Hmm...what happens in November?
Then there's this business about the satellite voting centers. In 2008 and 2009, the Mayor was FOR the satellites. Now, he's against them. Of course, his political career is on the line now in 2011. Why would he want to ENCOURAGE people to get out and vote?
Oh, that non-political mayor!!
Everyone thought that Ballard wouldn't be a prisoner to the GOP's whims. After all, they didn't really help him the last time around. Immediately, the GOP surrounded this political neophyte and some of the power brokers started setting up another Republican administration like the eight years of Bart Peterson never happened. We were treated to the Scott Newmans and the Bob Grands of the world again as the Mayor's advisers.
Nope, this guy isn't political; he's more than political. From his flip-flop on the smoking ordinance to the water utility deal, this guy is tried and true Republican. Don't let him fool you.