City-County Councilman Jim Bradford called today to complain about the Marion County Republican Party. Bradford said he is mad that the GOP -- by replacing certain precinct officials -- is trying to manage the upcoming caucus to replace him.
Bradford turned in a letter of resignation this week, saying he is ready to end his time on the council. Now, though, he said he is "seriously considering" rescinding that letter.
"The fix is in," Bradford said, in very Bradfordian style, of party efforts to make sure he is replaced by Indianapolis attorney Ryan Vaughn.
I don't typically agree with Bradford, but I too share his concerns about Ryan Vaughn being appointed to his seat. Vaughn is employed by the law firm of Tabbert Hahn. One of the firm's biggest clients is the Marion County Public Library Board, which Greg Hahn nabbed for the firm after Mayor Bart Peterson (D) took office. Hahn, a big Democratic lobbyist, is Vaughn's boss. It isn't hard to speculate whose interests will come first when it comes to making decisions on how to vote as a member of the council. The Republicans may as well name a Democrat to the council in place of Bradford. The result will be the same.
UPDATE: Taking Down Words is reporting that Vaughn's voting registration address shows him living in Ginny Cain's district and not Bradford's. There's a 2-year residency requirement. Whoops! Or a case of mistaken identity as it now appears--two Ryan Vaughns.