Saturday, October 18, 2008
Are Marion County Democrats Pulling Another Carson?
In the 2006 elections, some of us raised the obvious questions about the obviously deteriorating condition of U.S. Rep. Julia Carson. Those concerns were brushed aside and those who raised the questions were declared "haters" and "bigots" by Carson's local supporters. We now know that Carson and her closest friends knew at the time she was dying of terminal cancer and would likely be unable to live out her term. Also, constituents of Sen. Glenn Howard have been without a legislator for more than a year as his health declined and he missed this year's entire legislative session. His family has shared little information with the public and no resignation was pressured despite his inability to perform his elected office. Some people are beginning to ask similar questions about the health of Democrat Todd DeGroff, who is seeking to unseat Sen. Teresa Lubbers, along with Libertarian Steve Keltner, in Indianapolis' Senate District 30 on the City's northside. DeGroff has been unable to attend recent candidate events due to health problems. According to one source, DeGroff has been hospitalized with an infection. His wife has been filling in for him at campaign events. DeGroff is also said to be on a waiting list for a heart transplant as well. Perhaps our local news media should do its job and ask the tough questions they never asked of U.S. Rep. Julia Carson or Sen. Glenn Howard. Or even better, the Marion County Democrats should level with the voters of District 30.