Republican Greg Ballard pulled off what he and many others are calling “the biggest upset in Indiana political history” Tuesday, defeating two-term Democratic Mayor Bart Peterson.Former state party chairman Mike McDaniel gets off a good line on the "no strings attached" Ballard win:
Ballard, a 52-year-old retired lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps, didn’t have much money and didn’t have the support of party insiders or the business community. But he had something better: votes.
“Money can’t buy me love,” he said. “but it doesn’t buy elections either.”Mike McDaniel, a former Indiana Republican Party chairman, said the lack of financialSour grapes from loser Rozelle Boyd:
support means Ballard “doesn’t owe anybody anything.”
“Instead of an inaugural ball, he ought to hold an amnesty ball” to extend forgiveness to those party and business leaders who didn’t help his campaign, McDaniel said.
“This is a significant blow, and I think the impact of this will not be fully realized for some time. I’m not worried about the future of the city just because it’s in the hands of Mr. Ballard, but anyone who comes to the position with relatively little experience,” Boyd said.
Worst coverage and worst prediction of this year's mayoral campaing, Jim Shella:
Mayor: Democrat Bart PetersonBest reporting of all during the mayoral coverage, WXNT's Abdul Hakim Shabazz:
Who gets the coattail effect in that Greg Ballard/Kent Smith commercial? Ballard, or Smith?
By a vote of 51-47%, little known candidate Greg Ballard beat an incumbent with a lot of money and a lot of organization. Not only did voter anger sweep Bart Peterson out of office but most of his party on the City-County Council.