“Before Mayor Peterson stunned this city with his massive tax increases, the number one issue in this Mayoral campaign was crime,” John said. “The Mayor simply has not shown any real leadership on crime, which is why he is now spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on TV ads to try to fix his image.”
John noted that in Peterson’s most recent ad buy, the Mayor had to pull his original ad, in which he promoted his $90 million tax hike to fund public-safety-related spending, due to poor reception. Peterson has since been running spots with Marion County Sheriff Frank Anderson promoting his crime-related initiatives.
“You can’t fool all of the people all of the time. Bart Peterson knows that it is wrong to call for a tax increase while leaving Marion County homeowners suffering due to the County’s poor handling of property taxes,” said John. “The Mayor can try and say he has been out front on crime, but the reality on the streets is far different than in the Mayor’s television fantasy world.”
John noted this summer’s recent arson wave, as well as the recent Federal Bureau of Investigation report showing little improvement in Indianapolis’ crime and murder rates. John himself was a victim of burglary in the past month, having several thousand dollars of property stolen from his garage in his Indianapolis home.
“What this city deserves more than anything else is an honest discussion of the serious impending issues facing Marion County,” John said. “Instead, Bart Peterson has consistently played the blame game and tried to pass the buck to everyone else on taxes and crime. These ads are nothing more than the Mayor’s effort to distract attention from and hide his actual record.”
John renewed his call for Peterson to change his course of action by cutting non-public safety spending, offer Marion County homeowners property tax relief, and to put more cops on the streets.
“Bart Peterson has spent nearly a decade as Mayor asking voters to help out Marion County government. The time has come for Bart Peterson to start asking what his administration can do to help the citizens of Indianapolis,” John noted. "Unfortunately, in the Mayor’s spree of spending and blaming, he seems to have forgotten that we have a government of the people, by the people and for the people—not the other way around.”
I'm wondering if this is how it's going to be throughout the rest of this campaign. Mayor Peterson runs totally false and misleading feel good ads, Tom John issues a press release and the local news media yawns.