Friday, October 13, 2006
Carson Refuses To Take Position On Bar In The Government Center
Star columnist Matt Tully separately interviewed both Rep. Julia Carson (D) and her Republican challenger Eric Dickerson for "Political Insiders", which will air on WTHR-TV Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. Tully writes on his blog today, "Carson declined to take a position on the proposed bar in the Julia Carson Government Center, though she did seem to criticize bar backers for not properly following various procedures (permits, etc.). In reference to her health and Dickerson's call for younger leadership, Tully says Carson pointed out that Lugar is older than she is. True, but how many days of work has he missed during his 30 years in the Senate due to health problems?
Tully remains fixated on how much money Dickerson has raised for his bid against Carson and whether he has the support of the Republican Party. He writes, "Dickerson said he has declined support from the Marion County Republican Party, because he doesn't need it. "He acknowledged he will not reach his initial goal of raising $200,000, but said he doesn't need that much money."
WTHR-TV ran exerpts of the interview during its mid-day broadcast, which Kevin Rader conducted along with Tully. Dickerson says that he is running because a "congressional seat is a terrible thing to waste." He observed that Carson lacked leadership, respect and the ability to get things done for the 7th District voters. Carson was shown defending herself by draping herself around Sen. Lugar. She initially referred to him as a former "Mayor of Indiana" before correcting herself.