Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Six Candidates Vie For 7th District GOP Nomination
It may seem hard to believe, but there are six candidates who will be competing at this Friday's caucus to replace Jon Elrod on the ballot for 7th District Congress. According to the Indiana Daily Insight, they include Gabrielle Campo, Kevin Green, Ray Irvin, Patrick O'Connor, Michael Simpson, and Jason Turnbill. As an elected precinct committeeperson in the district, I've heard from only one of the candidates. Patrick O'Connor, a claims adjuster for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, who telephoned me this evening. The law firm of Ice Miller, as represented by Marion Co. GOP Chairman Tom John and 7th District GOP committeeman John Hammond, is backing Campo. It's no secret that Ice Miller has strong ties to the Center Township Democrats (the firm represents Center Township Trustee Carl Drummer) and the Carson political machine. Ice Miller partner Lacy Johnson is very close to Andre Carson who, like his grandmother, provides an important link to the firm's D.C. lobbying practice. I'm not sure what to make of this "party support" for Campo. It's kind of like former Marion Co. GOP Chairman John Keeler's support for Greg Jordan in the 2003 mayoral race. Keeler's law firm, Baker & Daniels, had a provision in their legal contract with the City of Indianapolis at the time which said Keeler couldn't speak out against Mayor Peterson. As you may recall, Jordan struggled to raise money and lost badly to Peterson.