“It’s not in my makeup to run against a former boss,” said Brizzi, who worked in the 1990s as an investigator for the U.S. House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, which Burton chaired. “It was definitely something I was thinking about as a possible option, and I wanted to see where Congressman Burton was on that.”
Brizzi, Marion County’s prosecutor since 2003, says he hasn’t yet decided whether to run for a third term in that office next year. He filed his Congressional candidacy in part so he could keep his options open and raise federal contributions, which he says can be spent in both federal and state races.
Citizens for Brizzi, his campaign committee, held a birthday fundraiser for him Tuesday night at St. Elmo Steak House.
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Brizzi's Non-Announcement For Congress
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi has announced his candidacy for the 5th congressional district seat currently held by his former boss, U.S. Rep. Dan Burton. There's one catch. He will not be a candidate if Burton runs for re-election. Burton has already stated his intention to run for re-election. I think this statement is intended to dissuade one or or more persons from entering the increasingly-crowded race for Burton's seat. The Star's Jon Murray writes: