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.


CircleCityScribe said...

Carmel has been exposed. First they want to pay expensive health care benefits to part-time councilors, now their staff gets to stay in luxuy hotels like The Hilton in downtown Indy on the taxPAYER's money.

Do any private Carmel companies allow executives to stay in first class Indy hotels when attending conferences, or are they expected to leave their estate with enough time to get to the destination in Indy?

Here is a relevant quote: "Democracies can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy..."

Gary R. Welsh said...

I saw this same thing happen in DuPage County in Illinois, which is Hamilton County's counterpart next door to Cook County in Illinois. As the affluent Republican suburbs grew in power and influence in DuPage County, the political corruption from one-party rule became as bad and no different from what Republicans had decried about Chicago and Cook County for decades.