Blue Indiana misses the point. Peterson may think Ballard's plans are vague, but that shouldn't give him a blank check to fill in the blanks with whatever he thinks will harm Ballard's standing with voters in the closing days of this campaign. PolisPolitics has a good analysis of what is wrong with Peterson's latest attack ad--it's untrue. The Republican blog provides this fact check of the Peterson ad:
Let's roll the transcript:
"What do we really know about Greg Ballard? In a time of financial crisis, Ballard proposed a new $100 million dollar government building."
Fact Check Point 1: This item comes from the WISH-TV debate. Jim Shella asked what should be done with the old Market Square Arena site, which has gone undeveloped since the old arena's demolition. Fred Peterson proposed a park, Bart Peterson high rise condominiums, and Ballard proposed a criminal justice center. No price tag given; no timetable for building it. That was his preferred use for the site.
"And the press revealed Ballard's tax plan would substantially increase sales and income taxes."
Did you miss the big Star investigation into Ballard's tax increase plan? So did we. The two articles used to support this claim are an article on a property tax forum where Peterson and Ballard offered solutions to the property tax crisis, and one entitled "Peterson faces bumpier '07 amid tax angst." Ballard is on record supporting a local economist's plan to eliminate property taxes and replace it with 2% increases in some other taxes, among them sales and income tax. Ballard's plan is not to raise income and sales taxes, but to reduce overall burden by eliminating property
"and require severe cuts in services, like Emergency 9-1-1, tracking deadbeat parents, and the crime lab."
When did Ballard propose these horrible cuts? He didn't. What Peterson cites are Ballard's repeated pledges to cut spending by 10% or he will not seek a full term. As Ballard's detractors point out, Ballard has put out no plan to cut spending, so Peterson is suggesting items for him. These are all items that could be cut, but would be foolish to do so. Peterson chose the most foolish cuts for his attack ad.
"No wonder the Star says Ballard is 'ill-prepared.' Greg Ballard: higher taxes, no experience, wrong for Indianapolis."
There you have it, folks, an attack ad at its finest. Another website's name might best describe Peterson's latest tactic, a name that hints at Peterson untruths. Can Peterson really be in a great position if he is on the attack this hard?
The analysis PolisPolitics provides of this Peterson ad should be done by the local news media for the benefit of voters. They're too busy cashing the Peterson campaign's checks for his huge media buy to concern themselves with critical analysis. A few years ago, the media started doing this in campaigns as a matter of course. Some would even pull ads that were shown to be blatantly false. Why hasn't any of the local TV stations pulled this latest Peterson ad? It's a damn lie and Peterson knows it. For a man whose election is supposed to be assured, he sure is acting awfully desperate in the closing days of the campaign.