Dear Mr. Prosecutor

During your 2006 campaign for re-election as Marion County Prosecutor you were fond of introducing yourself as “Carl Brizzi, Crimefighter,” as if you had a cape and a utility belt. But, Bruce Wayne is a billionaire playboy who could pay for his own campaign. But you, Mr. Brizzi relied heavily on the wealth of others for your campaign chest. You relied most heavily on your campaign manager Tim Durham who now finds himself under Federal investigation for running a Ponzi scheme.

Gene: Now he ran your campaign and you traveled to the Super Bowl with him.

Carl Brizzi: He didn’t run my campaign….he was a my finance director.

Oh. We stand corrected by the transcript on WISH-TV’s blog of the Brizzi interview conducted by Gene Rodriguez. Fine. Finance chair then. Anyway, you made him an integral part of your campaign.

Best Friends

You accepted and spent more than $150,000 of his money to keep your job as the prosecutor of the county in which Durham bases his business the aptly-titled, murky-sounding Obsidian Enterprises. Which would make you, Mr. Prosecutor, the guy who would have to file charges against your buddy, had the Fed not stepped in.

Boy, sounds like you owe a lot to your pal Durham.

Carl Brizzi: We spent almost two and a half million dollars in the 2006 campaign. It’s a lot of money. And uh, Tim’s a friend and he helped raise a good bit of money and also contributed a lot of money as well. And so we’ve spent a uh vast majority of the money that we raised prior to 2006 on that campaign and it was a tough campaign as you remember. Both sides raised a considerable sum.

Gene: You concerned about where that money came from now, knowing that you already spent it?

Carl Brizzi: Well, I think it’s premature to uh judge. We didn’t take any money unlike another campaign recently where the candidate withdrew from the race. We didn’t receive any money from Fair Holdings or from Fair Financial.

Gene: However, what they are looking into is that he used those holdings as a personal bank account for some of his interests and some of his investments so arguably some of that money could have come from there and there’s just no paper trail for it.

Carl Brizzi: Well, I think that’s why we have to wait until the investigation is over before we jump to any conclusions about…you know…maybe that if, if that money did in fact come from other sources.

Sure would be hard to repay that money. Hey maybe you could get a loan from Fair Financial. Heck you used to sit on the board. Sure could kill a campaign for reelection or even for Mayor. Didn’t you recently start sending out feelers about running for mayor? You could still do that couldn’t you?

Gene: Could you say that you are on the up and up and you weren’t involved in any of this knowingly or anything like that.

Carl Brizzi: Of course, that’s not even out there is it. No one is making those kinds of accusations.

Well pardon us Mr. Prosecutor, but we are making those kind of accusations. You accepted unusually sizable amounts of money from a flamboyant questionable type who you probably wouldn’t have been as tight with had he not had tons of loot. Which turns out to be just that, loot.

While you say you never attended the board meetings and never voted, you did allow yourself to be appointed to this board and lend your name and, even better for adding credibility to a Ponzi scheme, your position as prosecutor to the bank he was draining for his own enrichment.

How many times do you suppose your name and title were taken into consideration when possible investors were considering where to put their hard earned money? If it was once and they decided yes, then that was too many. You allowed yourself and your position to be used as a shill for a Midwest Madoff.

You ran for re-election last time on experience. Well, what, in retrospect Mr. Brizzi, have you learned from this experience that makes you better to serve the people of Indianapolis and Marion County. For that matter, what credibility is left to you as you go about prosecutorial duties?

Mr. Brizzi, you have allowed yourself and by association the office of Marion County Prosecutor to be used at best as a bona fides and at worst as a shield for a criminal obsidian enterprise.

You should return the funds, so that the people who have been scammed can get at least that little bit back. The $150,000 of ill-gotten gain that enriched your campaign and allowed you to buy TV time, yardsigns, t-shirts, beer and pizza for volunteers is no different than the fur coats of Bernie Madoff’s wife.

And then you should resign.

Carl Brizzi: Well, I think that’s why we have to wait until the investigation is over before we jump to any conclusions about…you know…maybe that if, if that money did in fact come from other sources.

Okay. We’ll wait.

I wonder if you’ll be called as a witness in the case?