Wednesday, June 28, 2006

New Charges Against Esther

WTHR-TV is reporting that the Lottery's former general counsel, a quadraplegic, has filed a discrimination suit against Lottery Director Esther Schneider and the agency, alleging she was abused and mistreated by Schneider because of her disability and eventually fired. No link to the story is available. As soon as it becomes available, we'll link to the story. She is represented by Kathleen DeLaney, the daughter of Democratic operative and several-time losing candidate Ann DeLaney.


Anonymous said...

"several time losing candidate" Ann Delaney --?? Come on, Gary, you're better than that; wasn't that an unnecessarily snide description?

Plus, I think she only lost twice: Lt. Gov in '84 (first woman on a statewide ticket, right?)and in the old 10th Congressional District primary race to replace Andy Jacobs, if memory serves correctly.

By the way, I don't really know Ann; I just wish we'd all aspire a bit more to civility from time to time. Leave the churlish comments to the kids at Fix Indy Now.

Gary R. Welsh said...

I believe there was a run for Attorney General in there somewhere as well. I met Ann back in the early 90s. Believe it or not she was doing the Indiana Week In Review show that long ago. I told her I enjoyed watching her spar with Rex Early. She said as only she could, "You obviously don't have a social life if you have time to watch the show" and then walked away. Yeah--you really are a ..... I thought. She's dissed more people than you can fit in an auditorium so she should expect those kind of comments by this point.

Why even mention the DeLaneys? By the DeLaneys being tied to this lawsuit, it's going to allow Schneider to portray this as a partisan cabal to get her. That may be a good or bad thing depending on your perspective. That's not to take anything away from their lawyering skills as both mother and daughter are very capable attorneys.

Gary R. Welsh said...

I should add that, if you watch the WTHR interview with Schneider, she specifically references an e-mail that the former general counsel sent to several influential Democrats for which she was disciplined. The e-mail she shared with the reporter was what she described as a "distasteful political joke." One of the recipients of the e-mail Schneider identified was Kathleen DeLaney. To view it, go to:

Anonymous said...

We'll be talking about this and other things tomorrow on the radio at 7 am.