ALO joined the good folks at the Decatur Township Democrat Club meeting this evening. They hosted some bloggers to speak and we were very happy to be included. ALO joined Indianapolis Times, iPOPA, Blue Indiana and Had Enough Indy? to have a little discussion about blogs in general.
We’ll skip talking about the blogs to discuss a few items from the candidates that were in attendance and spoke a bit. Apologies in advance for leaving several candidates out as I only intend to cite three.
Brian Williams, wisely and notably followed the adage that brevity is the soul of wit and in the briefest manner possible telling those in attendance that he is seeking the office of Indianapolis Mayor in 2011, but he reminded everyone that it is most important to work on the campaigns before us in 2010.
“I intend to work really hard,” he continued, “to help elect 2010’s Democrats and hope that in 2011 some folks will keep an open mind as I try to win back the 25th floor of the City-County Building.”
Tom McKenna who is seeking to be the next Secretary of State and pointed out that his chief reason for seeking the office, as he made clear that “I don’t want to be Governor. I’m just running for Secretary of State” was to protect the right to the ballot box which is being eroded by several forces including Secretary of State Todd Rokita and Governor Mitch Daniels.
“When I hear of the eighty-year-old nun from South Bend who hadn’t moved but was denied the right to cast her ballot because she hadn’t brought a photo id, I get a little upset.”
He also made a very clear point of talking about the importance of the 2010 races, obviously his is one, “It is very important that people work hard to keep the house and win our Congressional seats and do our best to win all sorts of races in 2010.”
Certainly he was seeking to remind folks of the value of SOS returns in elections. A county’s ballot order is determined by which party won the SOS race in that county. If you are a candidate or would-be-candidate in 2010 then the office is very important to you because there is a statistically proven relationship to ballot order and election totals for down-ballot races and the first name seen.
But he was also making the case for staying focused on the year in front of us.
Colonel John Layton is looking to be the next Sheriff of Marion County and he made the case that he “bleeds brown” as a 30-year member of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. “I’ve worn that brown uniform for 30 plus years… and have been proud to learn so much more about the duties and responsibilities of administration by standing right next to Sheriff Frank Anderson.”
It was a clear swipe at his primary opponent Mark Brown who has served his career in the Indianapolis Police Department. Layton made clear that the very important duties left to the Sheriff’s office after restructuring, which have never been the duties of the IPD or IMPD, like being responsible for securing the inmates of the Marion County Jail, identifying sexual child abuse offenders and recollecting fugitives that have broken their bail and court orders, should not be left to someone who hasn’t done those things. He also made a clear case for why Democrats should not be so focused on 2011 and 2012 races to take their eye off of 2010.
It is a case heard more and more and a criticism that is being at those candidates for 2010 and those beginning to dither with 2012 that they are sucking interest and resources, notably fund-raising during a bad economy away from 2010 candidates.
It is a criticism that ALO rejects. Those candidates have to do what is most important for them to be competitive down the road. That includes getting an early start in raising money.
It is up to 2010 candidates their caucuses and their party leadership to make the bast cases they can for themselves. It is also up to some of those candidates heading into 2010 primary races to consider whether they are truly about to put time and effort and work into something that has a likelihood of winning and then winning in November or if by spinning wheels and burning their own and their fellow Democrats’ resources they are tanking the party’s November chances.
As for those 2011 and 2012 candidates who some feel are draining 201o resources, would it hurt you to host a fundraiser for a caucus or a 2010 candidate? It could at least help strike the first chords of Kumbaya for those disgruntled who see you as hurting more than helping.
Just sayin’s all.