"Bart Peterson is working hard for Indianapolis,.."
At least yesterday, he was working hard doing yardwork in a westside neighborhood.
"...and all of us are proud of what Indianapolis has become."
Minus the daily arson reports and rampant crime problem.
"Today, we're cleaning up our rivers and streams, protecting them for tomorrow."
This is Peterson's top accomplisment? I'd love to look at EPA or Indiana Natural Resources stats on how clean our waterways actually are.
"A fiscal conservative, Peterson's cut tens of millions from the city budget, eliminating layers of buearacracy..."
Interesting Peterson highlights his "fiscal conservatism" days after announcing an $85 million tax hike. That would make any fiscal conservative proud.
"...and we've made Indianapolis one of the best places to live and work."
There is no place we would rather live than Indianapolis. However, crime stats and taxes are driving my fellow Indianapolis residents outside of the county.
"Today, Indianapolis is on the winning track."
This is said with Tony Dungy and our Colts raising their Lombardi Trophy after Super Bowl XLI. I hope Bill Polian doesn't feel Peterson is taking credit for his team's victory.
"Bart Peterson, leadership that's working for Indianapolis."
Failing to address public safety issues until it is almost too late is not leadership, and it is definitely not working in our city's favor. I will say it does take guts to announce an $85 million tax increase in an election year.
Overall, Peterson's ad does a decent job of promoting his few advancements while hiding his glaring inadequacies. We trust that the public knows better.
It really is surreal watching the ad. Like Polis Politics, I hope Indianapolis voters aren't as stupid as Peterson's campaign must think they are. Marion Co. GOP Chairman Tom John was also trying to draw attention to just how out of touch the ad is with the city's true state of affairs. He called it "a slick production that attempts to hide the mayor's horrible record on crime--the real issue facing Indianapolis." Adding a little perspective, John says:
"The mayor's first ad was full of platitudes about crime, but the reality on the streets is that things have gotten worse. We've seen over a dozen arson fires on the Southside and vulnerable seniors attacked in their homes. Our city is on pace to break its murder record, and we've seen a record number of carjackings," said John.
"I don't blame the mayor and his political handlers change the subject and hide his record. But 'pretty pictures' won't reduce the anxiety people feel about the growing violent crime problem," said John.
"The citizens of this city aren't fooled, and they don't feel safe. They want to know a lot more about the mayor's $85 million tax increase, and yet there's not a word about it in the mayor's latest campaign ad," added John.
"The Peterson tax hike doesn't put new cops on the beat. Maybe the mayor should spend at least part of his $3 million campaign war chest telling us how tax hike will make us safer and fight crime in our neighborhoods without adding police to the streets," stated John.