|Mayor Greg Ballard|
I'm not going to parse the details of the case. The IBJ has the story here. I always look at the politics of the case, and, anyway you slice it, the politics don't work well for the Mayor.
Indy Star columnist Matt Tully argues that when members of the Ballard Administration are being brought up on federal charges the Mayor needs to be visible at that time, and he wasn't. Ballard's absence speaks loudly.
No one is accusing the Mayor himself or anyone in the highest level of the administration of anything illegal. In fact, it's pretty clear that Ballard didn't know anything about the investigation before it hit. I'm sure that sends a chill up the Mayor's spine, and it should also scare you.
The two city employees charged in this matter certainly do not seem to be some behind the scenes employees. They were operating in the area of the city responsible for economic development, the Department of Metropolitan Development. Reginald Walton is the director of Indy's Land Bank, and John Hawkins is a senior project member for the Department of Metropolitan Development and, according to the IBJ, a former special assistant to the Mayor. It is important to note that both Walton and Hawkins as well as the others charged in this scheme are all innocent until proven guilty.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Governor Mike Pence signed Senate Bill 621 into law giving the Mayor of Indianapolis three more appointments to the Metropolitan Development Commission and tons more control of economic development in the city. As of July 1, the Mayor will gain that power. I can't say I feel too good about that right now given how much Ballard seems to know about his administration which is not much apparently. It shows a man who is be out of touch and letting others drive the ship, and Tully hits him on this in his column as well.
We'll see where this goes from here. I wonder if Hogsett is done with Ballard's Administration? What else doesn't Greg Ballard know about that's happening right under his nose? If Hogsett is running for Mayor in 2015, he just scored a big one on the GOP. He slipped it right past the goalie and into the net.