Former Rep. Andy Jacobs is backing Andre Carson to replace his grandmother should Rep. Julia Carson decide not to seek re-election next year.The message has now been broadcast loud and clear to all Marion County Democrats. Get out of the way, Andre's the choice and if you even think about getting in his way, well? No matter that the guy has only held office a few short months thanks to an appointment this blogger opened up for him on the City-County Council. By the way, Andre, I'm still waiting for my steak dinner, or at least a thank you.
I have the same confidence in him that I have always had in our congresswoman," Jacobs said in a statement. "Andre has prepared himself for whenever the time comes, and it will be an honor and privilege for me to work for his nomination and election."
Jacobs helped Julia Carson, D-Indianapolis, win the seat to succeed him in 1996. Carson, who has had health problems throughout her congressional career, has been on a medical leave from Congress since Sept. 24. In August, she said she planned to seek re-election next year, but she sidestepped the issue during a brief radio interview that aired this month.
"When I get to the point where I've come to the end of my road and talk to the Lord about what am I going to do now," Carson told WTLC-AM. "I think he'll show me the answers.
"Jacobs said he had announced his support for Julia Carson on the eve of Thanksgiving 1995. "Now it's Thanksgiving 2007, and it seems appropriate for me to ask Julia's constituents to chose her grandson … to succeed her if and when she retires," Jacobs said.
Andre Carson was just elected to his first full-term on the Indianapolis City-County Council. Jacobs said Andre Carson, whom he's known since birth, is "intelligent, wise, kind and experienced."
You can bet Jacobs' announcement will set off a major war within the Democratic Party over Carson's successor. It's no secret that businessman Bill Mays badly wants his niece Rep. Carolene Mays to get the seat. And former state health commissioner Dr. Woody Myers is itching to run as well. And don't forget Melina Kennedy. A lot of party faithful support her. Hang on folks. It's going to be a wild ride the next few months.