Friday, February 15, 2008
Carson Uses LEO For Campaign Event
I just got through watching a WTHR news report on a press opportunity Democratic 7th District congressional candidate Andre Carson conducted today with former U.S. Rep. Tim Roemer on homeland security. The report says the two sat down with "Indiana's First Responders" to discuss Carson's ideas for homeland security. An LEO in a brown Marion County Deputy Sheriff's uniform can clearly be seen in the videotape sitting across from Carson and Roemer--a big no, no. I've seen the LEO before, but I don't know his name. [Update: Later confirmed to be Maron Co. Chief Deputy Sheriff Kerry Forestal]. WTHR hasn't uploaded the video from the event yet. I'll link to it if they do. Carson worked until a few months ago as a state excise police officer, a job his grandmother got for him. Carson had been assigned to work at the state's Fusion Center within the Department of Homeland Security for almost a year when he was forced out because he took a seat on the City-County Council and became a candidate for that office. His job at the Fusion Center involved federal funding and posed a potential Hatch Act violation if he remained employed there.