Monday, July 14, 2014
Hogsett Stepping Down As U.S. Attorney At End Of Month
U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder announcing his plans to resign at the end of this month from the job he has held since September, 2010. The politically ambitious Hogsett had been rumored as a possible candidate for Indianapolis mayor next year, but he seemed to rule out that possibility last year. There has been speculation of late that he has been rethinking that decision. Two Democratic candidates, State Rep. Ed DeLaney and Washington Township Trustee Frank Short, have expressed their intentions of running for mayor next year. A third potential candidate, former state Democratic Party chairman Dan Parker, announced last week that he wouldn't be running and voiced his support for a candidate with law enforcement credentials. Hogsett is the only named potential candidate that fits that bill right now. Incumbent Mayor Greg Ballard, who is expected to seek a third term, is viewed as vulnerable, particularly in a city that has been trending more Democratic over the past couple of decades. Hogsett's announcement also signals that the U.S. Attorney's Office has no immediate future plans for prosecuting the rampant public corruption taking place under its jurisdiction.