Monday, November 30, 2009

Friends In High Places

It never hurts to have friends in high places. Check out the video Tim Durham's son ran in his race for Park Tudor class president in which he gets help from Marion Co. Prosecutor Carl Brizzi, Ludacris and Barack Obama. Really classy stuff here. Birds of a feather flock together. Mayor Ballard may dispute Brizzi's claim that Durham's son single-handedly brought down crime in Indianapolis. Never let anyone tell you kids don't learn from their parents. WISH-TV interviews Carl Brizzi on his relationship with Tim Durham. Here's the transcript of the interview where he puts on his best Sgt. Schultz defense:

24-Hour News 8 reporter Gene Rodriguez: Let's talk about Fair Financial. You made the decision first to be on the board then you reversed that decision. Clearly the FBI was investigating him. Can you explain the red flags and why you decided to remove yourself from the board?

Carl Brizzi: I never attended a board meeting, never received any compensation. Tim and I are friends and we made a decision that that was something that I wasn't going to be involved in.

Gene: Now he ran your campaign and you traveled to the Super Bowl with him.

Carl Brizzi: He didn't run my campaign....he was a my finance director.

Gene: You traveled a lot. What does it say about your decision making when now you are learning all of this about him and you did spend a lot of time with him?

Carl Brizzi: We spent almost two and a half million dollars in the 2006 campaign. It's a lot of money. And uh, Tim's a friend and he helped raise a good bit of money and also contributed a lot of money as well. And so we've spent a uh vast majority of the money that we raised prior ot 2006 on that campaign and it was a tough campaign as you remember. Both sides raised a considerable sum.

Gene: You concerned about where that money came from now, knowing that you already spent it?

Carl Brizzi: Well, I think it's premature to uh judge. We didn't take any money unlike another campaign recently where the candidate withdrew from the race. We didn't receive any money from Fair Holdings or from Fair Financial.

Gene: However, what they are looking into is that he used those holdings as a personal bank account for some of his interests and some of his investments so arguably some of that money could have come from there and there's just no paper trail for it.

Carl Brizzi: Well, I think that's why we have to wait until the investigation is over before we jump to any conclusions know...maybe that if, if that money did in fact come from other sources.

Gene: But you have to be concerned for your own political future, knowing what's going on and how closely related you were to him.

Carl Brizzi: Tim's a friend and I am sorry that this happened, uh, to him, and you know, Gene what do you do if a friend gets in trouble you just feel badly for them. I mean that's kind of where I am at right now and we're going to go about the business of putting the bad guys in jail.

Gene: Could you say that you are on the up and up and you weren't involved in any of this knowingly or anything like that.

Carl Brizzi: Of course, that's not even out there is it. No one is making those kinds of accusations. So, again we all have friends and um I feel badly for what has happened to him but look we've got to go about the business of prosecuting criminals and that's where my focus is right now and this is obviously a distraction but we are going to press on.


Erich said...

I would like to know what exactly has happened TO his friend.

I think this man has too much compassion to be a PROSECUTOR, perhaps he should work at a pet shelter? Kidding, I love dogs.

Unknown said...

Yeah, he completely threw Motsinger under the bus.

AND, he ignored the question about the Superbowl

AND, he hasn't disclosed how he came up with the money to invest in Harry and Izzy's. It wasn't pocket change.

Paul K. Ogden said...

I don't see a big deal about Tim Jr's campaign. Just a kid having fun with a school council election. I'm not offended by Brizzi's particpation in it either. Politics could use more humor.

It's the interview with the reporter I find troublesome. I do find it disturbing that Brizzi so willingly threw Motsinger under the bus. He seems to think he's somehow on a higher moral ground because Motsinger took money from Fair Finance, one of the companies under investgation. Brizzi though took money, $160,000, directly from the person who got his money from Fair Finance. How exactly is that better? If anyting, it's worse.

The whole interview raises red flags. One has to wonder where Brizzi has gotten the money to make the investments he has while on a government salary.

varangianguard said...

Hah. This ought to be used as fodder for whatever office Carl Brizzi runs for next.

"Yeah, Tim II brought crime down in Marion County, not me."

Tongue-in-cheek. Sure, Carl. Whatever.

Covenant60 said...

Where is Durham now? Is he in jail? Is he holed up somewhere? If so, I imagine the local press is all over it, camped out in his driveway, etc.

Gary R. Welsh said...

Paul, You and I have a very different perspective on this. If I was a parent who spent that much money to send my kid to Park Tudor and that's the approach someone running for class president would use to get my kid to vote for him, I would be embarrassed, unless you like the idea of appealing to the lowest common denominator. Did Brizzi not appear drunk to you in that video? What an embarrassment. I'm sure he was hanging out drinking at Durham's house when that video was shot. Or was it on Durham's yacht?

Cato said...

The video gave the appearance of Brizzi being hired help for the Durhams. When the heir-apparent calls, you answer.

It's what passes for aristocracy in Indianapolis, I suppose.

That was about as embarrassing as Waxman "admitting" to crack use on Colbert's show.

ArtFuggins said...

i agree that politics needs a little humor sometimes and that Tim Jr.'s campaign was clever. Too bad his father is a crook and a scam artist.

Gary R. Welsh said...

Of course art wants to downplay this because his buddy Obama has been drawn into the Durham controversy. Can't just knock the Rs now, can we art?

Gary R. Welsh said...

You would have to have your head in the toilet to describe this video as clever. It does give a clear picture of life that has been taught to the young Durham though: life is just one big party, influence can be bought, friends can be bought, politicians can be bought and crooked politicians hang out with scumbags.

karma09 said...

Brizzi's interview reminded me of Bill Clinton's press conference, denying the Monica Lewinski matter, when he declared that "now I need to get back to governing the country!" or something akin.

Brizzi defaults to the "we're going to focus on putting bad guys in jail" at awkward times in the interview. Too bad Gene Rodriguez doesn't know how to hang on like a pit-bull and keep asking the question until you get an answer.

I also wonder how his staff can focus on "putting bad guys in jail" when they are illegally busy researching and responding to the Durham matter and issuing press releases for him. Too bad Gene didn't ask him about that.

Unknown said...

Lighten up. He's running for senior class president, in high school! Thought the video was VERY clever and hilarious. Ha! Thanks for posting.