Sunday, January 08, 2006
Monroe Gray Likely To Be New Indy Council President
Democrat members of the Indianapolis city-county council expect Majority Leader Monroe Gray to face off against Steve Talley for council president. Observers believe Gray will garner more support from his colleagues than will Talley when the Democrats caucus before tomorrow night’s council meeting. If a majority favors Gray, expect Talley to drop his bid and support Gray. Talley will not look to council Republicans as he did last year to win the position.
Democrats anticipate that Sherron Franklin, an IPD police officer, will be a renegade and support Republican Minority Leader Phil Borst for council president—this in retaliation for fellow council Democrats voting to merge the police and sheriff departments late last year. With a bloc of 14 Republican council members and Sherron Franklin, Borst would have the 15 votes to win. But at least one Republican council member will not be there for Borst, cancelling out Franklin’s vote. When the dust settles, Monroe Gray will likely be the new council president, with or without Franklin’s support.
UPDATE: Monroe Gray was elected President of the city-county council on a 15-13 vote along party lines. Outgoing President Steve Talley delivered a tearful and conciliatory speech as he announced his intentions to step aside in favor of Gray. Councilor Langsford was absent from the meeting as his guard unit has been mobilized for active duty.