Thursday, November 3, 2011
Litebox Deal Raises Daniels Dander
Mary Beth Schneider penned a blog post with some really interesting comments from Governor Mitch Daniels on the Litebox deal announced a few days ago at a news conference. Essentially, it sounds like Mitch the Knife is cutting this one to the bone.
If you read between the lines of the Schneider piece, it sure sounds like the Governor was defensive as he told her and the reporters present that the city and state risk very little if the deal doesn't go through. He also said that it was "their problem" if investors put money into the project based on Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and him standing with Bob Yangihara, the Litebox company owner.
I don't think Daniels gets it. It's not about what the city or state is risking. It's the idea that we are counting job commitments as jobs created. It's simply not a good way to account economic progress...whatever the paradigm is that was inherited.
Matt Tully also wrote this column wondering if Ballard's misstep on Litebox might ultimately help put some meat onto Melina Kennedy's recent and campaign commercials criticizing the Mayor's job creation vs. job commitments over the last four years. He likens Ballard's performance to that of a sports star fumbling a chance to win the game in the fourth quarter. These types of things could be contributing to the 21 percent rating of undecided voters in the recent WISH-TV poll.
Privately, I think Daniels is probably embarrassed that he has to answer these questions. I don't have any facts to back that up, but I bet he's at least not pleased that he was trotted out on this occasion for what was probably another hastily-conceived Ballard campaign ploy.