Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Brainard Administration's Glass House
When Carmel Mayor James Brainard and his city attorney, Doug Haney, unleashed a private investigator to investigate the private life of Steven Libman, the former CEO of Carmel's Regional Center for Performing Arts, the two claimed they were concerned, in part, about an inordinate amount of money he was spending on out-of-state trips. Fox 59 News' Anne Yeager has a report now questioning some of Haney's travel expenses. She uncovered expense reports showing Haney would stay overnight in Indianapolis hotels while attending siminars there despite the short commute distance. Haney insisted he only stays in hotels while attending a seminar where he was a speaker or was chairing the presentation. Yeager found otherwise. Haney and Carmel Mayor James Brainard then sought to deflect attention from Haney's travel expenses by accusing the City's clerk-treasurer, Diana Cordray, of doing the same thing. Yeager says Cordray took offense at the accusation. She claimed she only stayed overnight in Indianapolis when she was attending a conference lasting at least three days. Check out Yeager's interview with Haney where he defends the reason it was necessary for him to stay overnight in Indianapolis while attending a one-day event. It is somewhat hilarious. Mayor Brainard appears to have a visible black eye (no kidding) when Yeager interviewed him.