On Kuzman's hiring by Ice Miller, the Star took great pains to assure us there was nothing untoward in the firm's decision to hire Kuzman. In advocating a cooling off period in an editorial yesterday, the newspaper wrote:
As we've said before, that is a reasonable stricture, even as we stipulate there is nothing dishonorable or suspect about Kuzman's move to the employ of the esteemed Indianapolis law firm Ice Miller. He represents a significant loss to the legislature and surely will be a resource to his ex-colleagues wearing his new hat.For you Indianapolis taxpayers who are reportedly being hit with $200 million in new taxes this year thanks to the leadership of a former Ice Miller attorney, Mayor Bart Peterson (D), you will not be too happy to learn that Mayor Peterson spent $324,400 lobbying the legislature, which ranked the city as the third-highest paying lobbyist this session, spending more than Eli Lilly, the Indiana State Teachers Association and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce among others. And who got paid to lobby for the City of Indianapolis? You got it. Ice Miller. Adding further insult to injury, the firm also got paid to lobby for the Center Township Trustee's office to make sure Center Township Trustee Carl Drummer, a close political associate of Lacy Johnson could go on fleecing the taxpayers. Does anyone see a conflict of interest here? Wasn't Mayor Peterson arguing for consolidation of local government to eliminate township government? And wasn't Carl Drummer lobbying the legislature to make sure his job as Center Township Trustee didn't get eliminated?