Of course, Mayor Bart Peterson didn't serve in the military. His wealthy upbringing allowed him to avoid any military service. Ruth Holladay reports that some military veterans aren't taking to kindly to Bart's sidekick's derogatory comments about a fellow veteran and the suggestion Ballard's distinguished 23-year career in the USMC doesn't qualify him to be mayor. "What sounds good in a bite may not play well in podunk," Holladay write. "Now, it seems, the Dems have pissed off many of the veterans in Marion County." She continues, "Here's the latest from Don Myers, a decorated Marine vet and a powerhouse with Marines and other veterans in the area:
"Mayor Bart Peterson's most recent salvo at opposition candidate Greg Ballard, by saying Ballard doesn't have the professional background to run for mayor because he only served in the United States Marine Corps, speaks volumes of the ethical standard and knowledge of his honor.
"I say that because Peterson has never served his country in uniform that he is the one that does not hold the professional credentials of leadership. That standard is earned when you are responsible for the lives of men and women that are in harms way. This is called leadership above and beyond the standard of duty. Peterson obviously doesn't know this.
"Every veteran, man and woman, that ever wore the military uniform, including those currently on active duty and in the Guard and Reserve forces, is owed an apology by Mayor Peterson. He not only insulted Greg Ballard, he also insulted all Hoosier veterans.
"Donald F. Myers
Colonel, Indiana National Guard Reserve Retired
Oh what a mess the Peterson campaign has created for itself in its desperate attempt to pull out all the stops to hang on to power. Dumping on veterans is never a great idea, particularly when the country is engaged in a war.