Sullivan issued a statement that Elrod seems unclear about which constituents he wants to represent. She said voters in the 97th District don't deserve "someone who looks at each campaign as a steppingstone to the next elected office."
"I think people have a right to question him," said Michael O'Connor, the county Democratic Party chairman. "To say, 'I'd like to represent you in the Statehouse' is pretty disingenuous."
O'Connor said Elrod's "flip-flop" was part of a larger trend of Republicans abandoning all but the most winnable races in a year when polls show more people identifying with the Democratic Party.
Less than ten months ago, Mary Ann Sullivan had her sights set on becoming a city-county councilor. She competed against Andre Carson to fill the city-county council vacancy of Patrice Abduallah. Sullivan finished third in a 3-person race, receiving just 2 votes from Democratic precinct committeepersons. Sullivan, who has never held elective office, was talking about running for state representative before she even sought the city-county council seat. She was clearly seeking the city-county council seat as a stepping stone to running for state representative this year.
As for O'Connor, isn't this the same guy who was putting out a press release the other day accusing Mayor Ballard of not visiting storm-damaged areas of the city? On that note, Marion Co. Prosecutor Carl Brizzi offers this great retort: "The only disaster area Mayor Ballard hasn't toured in recent weeks has been the Marion Co. Democratic headquarters." UPDATE: Whoops, I mistakenly attributed that quote to Brizzi, who emceed last night's GOP fundraising dinner. I should have attributed it to Robert Vane, who introduced Mayor Ballard at the dinner. Sorry, Robert.