|Olgen Williams (Indianapolis Star Photo)|
Williams told Star political columnist Matt Tully the anointed Republican candidate, Chuck Brewer, was "too unknown to voters" and "too new to the city" to have a viable chance of beating presumptive Democratic mayoral candidate Joe Hogsett. Williams said Brewer can't win. Ummm, he's not supposed to win, Olgen. Isn't that the understanding?
Perhaps the Indianapolis news media is going to cover up for Brewer, but this blog will not. Advance Indiana has already established Brewer's first act of civic engagement was to engage in fraud and deceit by falsely claiming a residence in a Perry Township apartment for voting purposes for the sole purpose of running for the City-County Council in District 23 before his conversion on the road to Damascus convinced him the mayor's office was his destiny.
Brewer has at all times lived in a luxury condominium in the Athletic Club downtown, not in either of those apartments he stated was his residence on two voter registration forms he completed under penalties of perjury. Which address did his corrupt handlers over at the Marion County Republican Party headquarters tell him he should list on his statement of candidacy? He supposedly filed formal paperwork to run today, but the Marion County Board of Elections has yet to put it online. No, I won't let this issue go away. This man sought to deceive the public in his first foray into politics, and that tells us all we to know. Did Brewer back out of his previously-scheduled interview with Amos Brown this week because he didn't want to answer any tough questions?
Brewer cannot be trusted anymore than the lying turncoat in the mayor's office now, who belongs in a federal prison for all of the honest services fraud he's committed while in office over the past 7 years. It's funny how an Illinois governor can be prosecuted and sent to prison for over 14 years for talking about crimes he would like to commit but didn't actually carry out, while our federal prosecutors can't bring charges against officials who blatantly trade government assets and contracts for campaign lucre in plain sight for all to see.
The powers that be have already decided we're going to get Hogsett for the next four years, who as U.S. Attorney could have prosecuted Ballard and many others. Ballard likely had two stark choices from which to choose: walk away and hand the keys to the city to Hogsett and have a nice retirement; or watch his career end in disgrace with a potential felony conviction hanging over his head. Ballard obviously took the easy way out. In the end, the voters will have no real choice for mayor this year because that's just the way things are done here. Voters just can't be trusted to make the right choices.