|"Mayor Veto" Greg Ballard|
Ballard has been out of town on a his most recent trip to China, according to the Indy Star. Time for action is starting to run out. The clock began ticking for Ballard to sign the DP ordinance when it passed. He has to sign it or veto it within 10 days. By my count, the clock runs out on Thursday. Ballard must take action on the proposal or it is considered vetoed.
If he exercises his veto pen on Proposal 213, it gets really interesting.
Five Republicans voted for the proposal: Mike McQuillen, Will Gooden, Bob Lutz, Ben Hunter, and Jeff Miller. Fifteen Democrats voted for the proposal, but Jose Evans was out of town. He would have been the 16th vote. Therefore, Ballard needs two Republicans to switch their vote on the issue.
I don't believe you'll see Jeff Miller, Bob Lutz, or Benjamin Hunter switch. Lutz gave a passionate defense of the proposal. Hunter and Miller both seemed strongly in favor with Hunter co-sponsoring it. That leaves Gooden and McQuillen. Will those two stay on board?
I can't see Ballard vetoing this one unless he knows for sure what his caucus might do. If his veto is overridden, the Mayor will be damaged politically. That's why I think that the Mayor will count his votes carefully before he takes action.
We should know soon what Ballard will do. He may have to sign this one to keep some political capital even though he really wants to veto it, deep down.