Behind Closed Doors section can expose so much about the character of our Marion County's political players. While we couldn't find the article online we did read about the little he said-he, he-said between embattled GOP Prosecutor Carl Brizzi (CBRZ) and Marion GOP Chairman Tom John (TOJO). Here's an excerpt:
Carl Brizzi: "Tom John is one of the most ineffective chairmen that our city has seen in decades" and had faced dissatisfaction over his leadership. "Tom John lives in a glass house, and he ought not to be throwing stones".
Carl Brizzi: "This move by Tom John underscores the fact that he's not very bright."
Asked to respond Tom John said first that he'd been shopping for curtains for his glass house. Then his real reply.
Tom John: If you want to call me ineffective when on my watch, we've won the council majority and we've won the mayor's office, and we took what was an 18,000-vote loss in he governor's race in 2004 (in Marion County) and turned it into a 48,000-vote win in 2008, then have at it"
Tom John: I understand his being upset with me, but I do what I think is best for the party and the city."
Wow. There's so much here to comment on that we don't know where to start so we'll leave that up to you. What we do know is that this can't be good for the local GOP party and certainly not for GOP candidate Mark Massa (MMAS). What we also find troubling is the total absence of leadership from Mayor Greg Ballard (GBAL) in putting an end to this embarrassing display of chest-thumping.
Perhaps there's truth to the rumor that he (Mayor Ballard) has neither the stomach nor brains to act in his own political interest. We expect that right now someone from the other side of Market street is making a phone calls to get this reconciled even as we speak.
* The Abdul reference in the title is a little add-on given to us by a reader who stated that both consider him their very close friend and confidant.
UP: TCUR $155, ETRY $145
DOWN: MMAS $90, GBAL $115, CBRZ $0