The last 24 hours have reminded me of the old saying “may you live to see interesting times.” Because looking at the lay of the political landscape here in Indianapolis, the times are interesting and Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi is at ground zero.
Republican candidate Mark Massa called on Brizzi to resign. Brizzi called that ridiculous and Marion County Democrats are trying to stay relevant in the conversation after getting outmaneuvered and politically neutered by Massa.
I was at a GOP function yesterday and had several candid conversations with local Republicans with all of them agreeing that Brizzi should step down. They were split on how the call for his resignation was done. Some thought it should have come from Republican County Chairman Tom John. Others thought Brizzi should have gotten a courtesy call first. Regardless, they all said it was a longtime in the making.
The most potent quote of the evening was from a former Brizzi friend who said “he’s become the Monroe Gray of our party.” Pretty powerful stuff.
Since Brizzi says he won’t step down, the best he can hope for is to mitigate damages by explaining to the public why he’s done nothing wrong. Being a public official he already has a built in platform and he can also use his weekend radio program to make his case as well. I’m more than happy to give him as much time as he wants to make his case on my radio program.
Unfortunately, it looks like Brizzi will have to play defense for the rest of his term. And if the shoes keep dropping, the only thing the public will hear is the sound they make when they hit the floor.