political nightmare of a broadcast from WXIN's Russ McQuaid. In less than a year Mayor Ballard has went from a benign affable political naive nice guy to a bungling political light weigh within a of razor's edge of being the first one-term mayor in more than 40 years.
Barring a significant failure on hizzoner's part he should win a second term. Indianapolis has a long history of protecting incumbents for at least two terms as long as they handle the basics. In this case public safety, snow removal and reasonable control over the cost of government. Mayor Ballard you are about to make history.
Advance Indiana's (ADIN) did a great job on summarizing the ever increasing challenges facing the Ballard Administration's ham-handed bungling of the community's perception of law enforcement.
In a series of missteps including putting a comedian/lawyer/radio personality who advocates for police beatings (in context of course) on a Public Safety Advisory Board or a Public Safety Director asking for public relations advice from the Chief of Police right in the middle of a fatality accident investigation involving a police officer and a civilian.
The situation would make you laugh if this was a Tarantino movie, however it isn't. Its the new reality of life in the 14 largest city in the United States.
And through all of this Mayor Gregory A. Ballard falls back on the same clueless political novice act. Well Mr. Mayor after 2 1/2 year it is time for you to shed the Mayberry shtick and start act like a CEO.
You have a Public Safety Director who is more concerned about his makeup than his responsibilities. You've allowed the Public Advisory Board to be populated with a member has become a lightening rod for controversy. And neither you or anyone in your office seems to be able to define what the Ballard Administration stands for or stands against.
A few qustions Mr. Mayor. When are you going to articulate your vision? When are you going to take control AND responsibility of your City? When are you going to treat 25th floor as a premium place for command and control instead of a viewing platform to watch the flickering of gunshots in the streets below?
While you consult your advisors here's a few clues to help you find your way before fate makes you an asterisk in Indianapolis' political history.
Now, if you're not going to run again then step down now and leave with a shred of dignity. If you are going to run then start thinking as a Mayor. No one will remember the faceless individuals who gave you bad advice. They will remember you as the one who implemented the bad advice.
1) We were initially open to the "outsider" argument for the role of Public Safety Director, however Dr. Frank Straub has proven he is not the "one" and now he needs to go.
2) Start talking to the community. Be prepared for anger, bad news and frustration. Take it and use it to re-shape your policy.
3) Get control of your police force. Support the good ones. Purge the bad ones. Ban together to take back our streets.
4) Dump the self-interested operatives within your circle of "allies".
5) Include the Democrats at the table when discussing public safety issues.
6) Examine your staff and eliminate the dead weight. Every one of your upper level managers should be able to articulate your values and vision in any neighborhood setting or event. If they can't they need to go.
6) Start being a Mayor instead of a MINO.
UP: ADIN $210
DOWN: GBAL $70, NQAI $30, INBR $140, FSTRA $50