Feigenbaum says the Libertarian Party has unsuccessfully wooed Ogden to run as a Libertarian mayoral candidate in 2011. "The discontent over the CIB situation and hizzoner's handling of it, and what the disappointed core of 2007 Ballard supporters see as a corporate-centered philosophy no different than that which he replaced could be the catalyst for a grassroots Ogden effort," Feigenbaum writes. I've gathered from various converations that some of the very people egging on Ballard and encouraging him to go all out in support of the CIB bailout are quietly discussing plans to dump him in favor of one of "their own". Those people are more than likely to throw their weight and money behind a Democratic mayoral candidate rather than a challenger in the Republican primary. An often-discussed Republican mayoral candidate, state GOP Chairman and former state senator, Murray Clark, is rumored to be interested in seeking the Secretary of State's office in 2010. If those rumors are true, it would seem to rule out a 2011 mayoral bid by him.
We're picking up some serious talk that Indianapolis attorney Paul Ogden (R) may decide to take on Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard (R) in the 2011 mayoral primary should Mayor Ballard decide to seek reelection.
Should he run, Ogden would tap the same network of tax protestors and those with broader anger with government spending policies that won the general election for the then-unknown Ballard in 2007 . . .
Ogden has been quite outspoken about the mayor on his Ogden on Politics blog, in public forums, and in the media. „It is one thing for Mayor Ballard to throw his own political future under the bus. It's quite another thing to drag down the Council Republicans with him as well as the future of the Marion County GOP. Republicans desperately need an alternative to renominating Greg Ballard for a second term in 2011,‰ he recently wrote on his blog.
If he runs, don't expect him to seek slating. Ogden, who was a 2000 Republican nominee for state representative, sought the nod for county clerk a few years ago, but was rebuffed.
For the record, Ogden has not expressed an interest in running for mayor to this blogger, and I'm not endorsing anyone's candidacy at this early date. Let's get through the 2010 elections first. The GOP needs to find a candidate to run for prosecutor. Incumbent Carl Brizzi hasn't said whether he will seek re-election and is considered by many observers to be badly weakened and likely to lose a third race for that office. That should be the party's number one priority for now. How do we hold the only county office we currently occupy?