Friday, August 23, 2013

Democrats Owe Mahern Nothing...Let Alone Niceties

Everyone is saying that Democrats should be careful around Brian Mahern for fear that he bolts the party and becomes a Republican leaving the R's in a majority, 15-14.  That's not going to happen, and Abdul seems to agree with me if you believe his cryptic "Cheat Sheet" headline.

I don't know what the cheat sheet says, but it doesn't make any sense for Mahern to become a Republican.  His family would likely disown him.  Mahern will likely become an independent and that would cause council chaos of its own.

Let's look at the facts.  The Council is, for all intents and purposes, 14-14-1 right now.  There are 14 Republicans, 14 Democrats, and one Brian Mahern.  I think that's what will happen if Mahern decides to bolt the party and become his own voice on the Council.

At this point, things are irreconcilable with Mahern.  Even if he stays a Democrat, he's not going anywhere but off the Council.  He's played his last card.

Some of my friends and readers of the blog have rushed to defend Mahern for speaking out against some of the practices of the current Council leadership.  I would say that his action last Monday would have been a lot more heroic and believable if he didn't spend most of the Council meetings on his microphone.  Mahern has been running his own agenda for a long time...even dating back to when he was Vice President of the Council.

Even if you don't believe that, Mahern's alleged actions in recent weeks would seem to signal that he was ready to help Republicans try to topple the Council's power structure.  In response to Mahern's recent appearance on the Afternoons with Amos Show, City-County Councillor Pam Hickman leveled new allegations on her Facebook page that Mahern went to Republican Minority Leader Michael McQuillen "a couple meetings ago" and said he was ready to help the R's take out Council President Maggie Lewis loudly enough so he could be heard.  Of course, he tried on Monday, but he didn't have the votes thanks to four Republicans that refused to take part in the revolution.

As far as sharing his beefs with the Democratic leadership, Hickman said that Mahern has not attended caucus meetings in months.  In short, if you believe Hickman, it sounds like Mahern went rogue long ago.

By doing that, Mahern pretty much declared his independence.  He can put any letter next to his name that he wants, but he's screwed the Democrats and has empowered the Mayor of Indianapolis, Greg Ballard.  If that's what he wanted to accomplish in this little tiff, then he has done it.  If he wanted to destroy the power base of Democrats in the City of Indianapolis, then he likely will do it.

It seems like Mahern finally holds the power, but it has come with a tremendous political cost.  He has become a lonely man.

The bottom line: Democrats owe Mahern nothing. Don't expect any niceties.


Paul K. Ogden said...

Of course he's not going to become a Republican. All he has to do is vote WITH the Republicans on an organizational vote. Talley didn't become a Republican in 2005 when he voted with the Republicans and became the Council President in a body that was also split 15-14.

Anonymous said...

Jon, well said and on point.

On the Afternoons with Amos show, Mahern was delusional enough to compare himself to Martin Luther King and Ghandi. The guy is nuts! Almost every caller saw right through him and called him out. One caller pointed out that Mahern was involved in some of the current policies being followed. Amos pointed out that Mahern did not always follow the council rules such as the 45-day rule he was railing on about. Mahern has proven to be a hypocrite.

Anonymous said...

Seems like comments have gone missing John you are truly a know nothing ass kisser who is kissing the wrong ass... you know nothing and seem to fancy yourself as a know it are a very sad little man... and this blog is nothing more than a format for your hot air... and your view on things... any time anyone has something to say that is truth... you delete it and or seem to not be able to deal with it... the fact is you will never hold office and you will always be nothing more than an ass kisser from the sidelines... you do nothing.. have no mind of your own and are an idot...your time will come just like all the others...your are so me... and I--I---I and might as well be a puppet with the democrat party with its hand straight up your ass... no mind of your own and never think out side the box.. and why would would mean that you have a mind and can think...and for you that is just not going to happen... now is it...