I had forgotten how much more an outsider Greg Ballard, the current Mayor of Indianapolis, had been while campaigning and early in his term.
Challenger Melina Kennedy has not. In a televised debate last night, she pointed out he'd even been opposed to bringing the Superbowl to Indy (oh, horrrors*) unless IMPD made a substantial increase in the number of officers.
Mayor Ballard protested he'd said no such thing.
"I can show you your press release," she snapped back. Oh, ouch!
They're still not impressing me (or other observers) much. Mr. Ballard is slightly less objectionable than Ms. Kennedy but it's the difference between cleaning a scratch with alcohol or iodine: whatever we do, it's gonna sting.
(Moment I Wanted To See: they had pre-selected questions from the public, delivered by the questioners themselves. At one point, a middle-aged man with multiple advanced degrees got up, stated his qualifications and experience and that he was out of work, then asked the Mayoral candidates what they'd do to keep him in town in his job search. Totally hoped the Mayor would look offscreen and order, "Officers, arrest that man!" ...But no, didn't happen....)
* Would that he had remained opposed. I'm not looking forward to that mess.
6 months ago