"In my twenty-three year military career, I held numerous positions that called upon the same kind of skills one would utilize as mayor. I am sure that I am more prepared now than Mr. Peterson was when he first ran for mayor eight years ago and I am certainly prepared to lead Indianapolis today.
"But the worst part of Mr. Peterson's ad is that it implies that service or a career in the military just isn't good enough and it tells Hoosiers in the military that they are not qualified for public service," said Ballard. "History, of course, says otherwise. Our nation's veterans have historically used their military training and leadership to become some of the best leaders in politics, business, and their communities."
Ballard concluded, "Mayor Peterson and I have disagreed a lot about our city's problems and the solutions, especially taxes, spending and crime. But I have not questioned his personal abilities and I am disappointed that the Mayor's campaign has taken a different course."
Ballard also launched his first TV ad with less than a week to go before the election, which features he and at-large council candidate Kent Smith. You can view it by clicking here. Another ad with Ballard alone is running. It can be viewed by clicking here. Unfortunately, Ballard's absence from TV, radio and direct mail to date has allowed Peterson to define Ballard, even if by dishonest means. I'm not sure if Ballard will have enough of a media presence to counter the negative Peterson barrage hitting mailboxes and airwaves this week. These ads were simply thrown together on the cheap without any thought about a message that will resonate with voters in a memorable way.
UPDATE: The Peterson campaign is launching yet another negative attack ad on Ballard. If the Peterson campaign were selling a product, it would be charged with consumer fraud. Using the $3 million dollars he shook down from city contractors, employees and businesses, Peterson is spreading intentionally false information on the airwaves and in your mailboxes about Greg Ballard, who has no financial means to respond to these false and misleading ads. Tell your neighbors what Bart Peterson is doing in desperation to hold on to power for Indianapolis' ruling elite.