Yesterday, the Indianapolis Star’s Matt Tully reported that the former Indiana Secretary of State threw his cards on the table over a cup of coffee with him. That throws the race for the Democratic nomination wide open.
Hogsett’s early exit is both disappointing and understandable. He would have been a tremendous candidate on the stump, and he could have raised the millions he needed to defeat Greg Ballard. It’s not to be, though. The lure of his current job was just too strong, and he’s good at it, too. I can understand why putting bad guys behind bars might be more rewarding than trying to balance a city budget with chewing gum and bailing wire.
I’ll also be interested to see who else moves to jump into the race now. I believe Vop Osili is interested in the office. We know that Ed Delaney has said he’s “capable” of running. Frank Short has gone on record to say he will run if Hogsett doesn’t, and there are always the wild cards out there like Sam Carson. I’ve heard a number of other names bandied about, too. Brian Williams, Maggie Lewis, and John Layton are three of them.
This changes the calculus for a lot of people, even Mayor Ballard himself. Hogsett might have made him think twice about a third term. Now, who knows what he’s thinking.
It will be interesting to see how all this plays out.