Monday, September 28, 2009
Why Hogsett Exited 2011 Mayoral Race Before It Began
While Indianapolis attorney and former Indiana Secretary of State Joe Hogsett took himself seriously as a Democratic candidate for the 2011 Indianapolis mayor's race, few people within his own party felt the same way. Some wondered why he would think the party would nominate a three-time loser to one of the most coveted political offices in the state. Others wondered why the partners at his law firm would allow his candidacy to potentially wreck the firm's much-coveted legal work for the Capital Improvement Board, a gig worth about a million a year thanks to a decision early in the Ballard administration to continue using the firm despite the considerable financial support it provided to Bart Peterson's re-election campaign in 2007. Not even his former boss, Sen. Evan Bayh, was expected to lend any support to a Hogsett mayoral campaign. And jokes were already circulating about whether he would take a new wife, something that has coincided with some of his prior electoral bids. Local Democratic blogger, Terry Burns of Indianapolis Times, broke news of Hogsett's early departure from the race today. To date, only the campaign of Democratic candidate Melina Kennedy, a former deputy mayor to Bart Peterson and unsuccessful candidate for Marion Co. Prosecutor, appears to be getting serious traction in this race.