At the time AI made that post, one of the topics of discussion was the Carson-Dickerson race. Ann DeLaney, who ran unsuccessfully against Julia Carson in 1996 for the right to succeed retiring Rep. Andy Jacobs (D), a close friend and former boss of Carson's, was particularly outspoken in her defense of Carson and her attacks on Dickerson. She has also been dismissive of the whole issue of the "bar/private club" in the Julia Carson Government Center as if it's not a big deal.
Reading through the latest issue of the Indianapolis Business Journal this weekend, AI learns that DeLaney has been successful in her recent effort to raise much-needed funds for a cash-starved domestic violence shelter, The Julia Center, where DeLaney serves as executive director. Aiding DeLaney in her financial woes was none other than Center Township Trustee Carl Drummer. The IBJ's Tom Murphy writes:
The office of Center Township Trustee also started spending about $6,000 each week to help house qualified township residents there. The trustee, an elected position, provides care for the poor.
That's quite nice of Drummer to kick in an additional $312,000 a year to the domestic violence shelter, whose annual budget is about $3.1 million. Note that the timing of DeLaney's plea for help in August to address a budget shortfall came a short time before Marion Co. Democratic prosecutor candidate Melina Kennedy began attacking Carl Brizzi for allegedly having a poor record on prosecuting domestic violence cases. That helped explain why The Julian Center was experiencing a demand for services. DeLaney, in fact, blamed the center's budget shortfall, in part, on an explosion in the demand for space by battered women and their children. Kennedy's attacks were followed up very soon with Carson's false accusation to the Star's editorial staff that her Republican opponent had "beat up his wife to a pulp." It all fits together rather nicely doesn't it?
DeLaney, who earns $48,000 for her part-time job as the shelter's executive director, is also a bankruptcy trustee for the U.S. District bankruptcy court in Indianapolis and a partner in the family law firm with her daughter and husband. Sen. Evan Bayh (D) helped speed DeLaney's appointment as bankruptcy trustee through while President Bill Clinton was still in office. DeLaney had virtually no bankruptcy law experience compared to other more qualified candidates at the time. Her son-in-law was overheard to say at the time of her appointment that the part-time trustee's gig would generate at least $120,000 a year for DeLaney. Speaking of her trustee position, did anyone receive a solicitation in the mail this week from DeLaney on her bankruptcy trustee letterhead? Just asking.