Earlier today, I sent an e-mail to Tom John, the Chairman of the Republican Party in Marion County, withdrawing my application for the Party's endorsement as a candidate for Marion County Prosecutor.Questons about her party loyalty have been raised since she announced her candidacy the same day that Brizzi bowed out of a bid for a third term. Voting records indicate that she voted in the 2002 Democratic primary, the same year Carl Brizzi first sought election as a Republican for prosecutor. Her husband, Jeff Marchal, is a Democrat commissioner for the Marion Superior Court. He has sought election in the past as a Democratic judge candidate. Many Republican activists feared that Marchal's close association with Brizzi would diminish her chances of success. Brizzi has been closely linked to alleged Ponzi scheme operator Tim Durham and has made questionable stock trades in company's affiliated with Durham. The deadline has already passed for Republican candidates to seek a slating endorsement at next month's slating convention, although candidates still have a few weeks to file to run in the May primary. No other Republicans have currently declared for the office, which is considered the second most powerful elected position in the State of Indiana.
Given the early deadline for filing for slating, and with the timing of Prosecutor Brizzi's decision not to run for re-election so close to that deadline, I was faced with a major decision impacting myself and my family (including my three children, under the age of 7), with a deadline of less than 48 hours. On further reflection and consideration of the sobering realities of a condensed, nine-month campaign, for personal reasons, I thought it best to withdraw my candidacy. I have talked to the party Chairman, and am hopeful that the process can be reopened so that another candidate, the best candidate that can be found, will receive the support and the opportunity that he or she needs. I will do all I can to be helpful in that process.
With gratitude to all those who were willing to support me for this important trust, I am humbled and thankful.
UPDATE: Tom John has released a statement saying former Marion Co. Prosecutor Scott Newman would lead an effort to replace Marchal. You can bet anyone he comes up with will be a political insider who will promise to cover up and block any public corruption cases in the same manner as Brizzi has done for the past eight years and Newman did during his 8-year tenure prior to that.