Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Bowes Plans Run For Prosecutor

The first Democratic candidate in the 2012 Marion County prosecutor's race has emerged. It's Marion County Assessor Greg Bowes, a former City-County Councilor. People hoping that he would be focusing all of his energy on improving the quality of assessments following the elimination of township assessors and consolidation of their work into his office might be disappointed. But he's more disappointed in Carl Brizzi's performance. "I've been disappointed with the effectiveness of the Brizzi prosecutor office," Bowes, 49, told the Star. "It really is heartbreaking to see our community not be as safe as it could be. I believe we need stronger leadership." According to the Star, Bowes has worked as a criminal and civil attorney and has six months' experience handling felony drug cases in the prosecutor's office in the early 1990s.

11 comments:

Indy4U2C said...

The statute of limitations for Ghost Employment, bribery, conflict of interest, racketeering is NOT up on Sweet Pea, Monroe Gray.

Let's ask Bowes if he'll file the proper charge and try to send a message about corruption in government!

artfuggins said...

As a Democratic party worker, I can tell you that a significant portion of the party was going to oppose Bowes in the primary if he ran for reelection as assessor. He did the a miserable job and has the personality of a rock. The party was waiting for the primary to oust him. His chances of getting the nomination of prosecutor are ZERO. He was worthless on the council also.

HOOSIERS FOR FAIR TAX said...

Great, he can screw up that office like he has assessments.

Yesterday Carl Brizzi posted the Channel 6 story on Facebook about a girl with kids who works in the Clerk's office who tried to sell one vicoden. They are making a capital case out of it. Why?

Meanwhile, Brizzi ignores the pea shakes, racketeering, and ghost employment

Paul K. Ogden said...

It's the township assessors, not the county assessor, who does most of the assessment work.

As far as having someone in the prosecutor's office who will go after white collar crime and political corruption, Carl Brizzi has been a huge disappointment.

My hope would be for an aggressive Republican proseuctor candidate, who does not shy away from going after illegal activity regardless of party, and who is also ethical and fair in how he/she handles cases. I guess that's a pipe dream.

iPOPA said...

Art Fuggins:

Can you tell me specifically what he did wrong as Assessor and on the council? I have the impression from a variety of sources that the opposition to Mr. Bowes has more to do with him not being solidly in the Congressman's camp than anything else. You could certainly crush that insinuation with the well articulated list of your grievances about his "in office" performance. Thanks!

Advance Indiana said...

Sounds to me like some Democrats want to punish Bowes for favoring the elimination of township assessors.

Advance Indiana said...

I also recall Bowes being above average among Democratic councilors during his tenure, although the average wasn't that great.

Vox Populi said...

I've met Greg Bowes a number of times and agree he was above average for a member of the CCC. Additionally, his support for getting rid of township assessors is a major plus for me.

I'll be interested to see what other candidates consider jumping in. I keep hearing David Orentlicher but I don't see it happening.

artfuggins said...

His refusal to cooperate with the township assessors when they still existed led to long delays in the appeals process for property owners. Appeals sat in large boxes in his office for months. His treatment of township employees once he successfully led his fight to eliminate those offices where the real work was done. He is not a team player but an obstructionist. He was that way on the council. Even if you have to tell a taxpayer or employee no, it can be done with sensitivity and compassion. Greg does it with slurs and demeaning remarks.....as for slating, he insisted that the slate be honored when he ran for council and assessor so he bought into the process. When he thought he could be a kingmaker in the congressional race, suddenly that same slate meant nothing to him. It is called honest and integrity. He has neither.

artfuggins said...

His refusal to cooperate with the township assessors when they still existed led to long delays in the appeals process for property owners. Appeals sat in large boxes in his office for months. His treatment of township employees once he successfully led his fight to eliminate those offices where the real work was done. He is not a team player but an obstructionist. He was that way on the council. Even if you have to tell a taxpayer or employee no, it can be done with sensitivity and compassion. Greg does it with slurs and demeaning remarks.....as for slating, he insisted that the slate be honored when he ran for council and assessor so he bought into the process. When he thought he could be a kingmaker in the congressional race, suddenly that same slate meant nothing to him. It is called honest and integrity. He has neither.

I know said...

Paul,
There is enough that Brizzi knows and does nothing about in public corruption cases that anyone with any ethics when they get elected will have to convene a Grand Jury just to clean up the mess in the office.

If Brizzi would go after the "Politicians and their friends" the City and County offices would tighten up and people would behave.

Watching the crap go one with the good old boys pulling illegal racket after racket what do you expect from the people watching on the sidelines.

A whole lot of people know what has caused Indiana to fall into the cellar but no one will do anything about it. Hundreds of millions of dollars are gone!