The news this week has shown what we already know: The Democrats choose to campaign negatively rather than talk about the issues.
But the real issues are clear. Democrat candidate Andre Carson is not ready to be a Congressman. He was appointed to the Indianapolis City-County Council just five months ago, and has yet to show a true understanding of the issues.
On Monday, Carson demonstrated that his actions do not match his rhetoric. In the morning he held a press conference announcing his commitment to education. That same evening, he voted at a Council meeting against a new charter school for Indianapolis children. On Tuesday, Carson backed out of a forum with Rep. Elrod at the last minute.
On Wednesday, Democrats launched their smear campaign.
Although Carson’s brief record does not hold up under scrutiny, he is considered by many to be the favorite, mainly due to his current cash advantage.
This is an upset in the making, one that is strikingly similar to another we saw in November 2007, when then-candidate Greg Ballard was a supposed underdog against former Mayor Bart Peterson. The media assumed Marion County was a Democratic stronghold and that the incumbent with stacks of cash would cruise to victory. When polls began to show otherwise, the Democrats launched their smear campaign, but Marion County voters were not swayed by dirty tricks.
Nor will they be on March 11. The Democrats are desperate. They cannot afford to lose another big race and will engage in nonsense and mudslinging if that’s what it takes. With your help, the 7th District can send a qualified leader in Jon Elrod to Congress.
Clark could have also thrown in the stunt Carson pulled on Friday using local law enforcement officers, including a fully-uniformed Chief Deputy Sheriff Kerry Forestal, for a staged campaign event to make him look strong on homeland security. As a former law enforcement officer, Carson should have known that was improper, but I doubt that a guy who has gotten every job he's held through his late grandmother's political connections cares much about such matters.