I recently wrote about a behind the scenes feud between 7th District Democratic Congressman Andre Carson and Marion County Democratic Chairman Ed Treacy. To put it mildly, the two don’t apparently see eye and would gladly get rid of the other one should the opportunity ever present itself. Well, less than 24 hours after that blog post appeared I got word that another very prominent Marion County Democrat has some issues with the current Chairman as well. That Democrat is mayoral candidate Melina Kennedy.
According to my reliable sources, Kennedy and Tracey’s relationship is strained at best. At a recent fundraising event in a private donor’s home the two didn’t speak nor as much make eye-contact with each other. Now granted that may not mean much in the abstract, but I also discovered that the two have been at odds over quite a while since Kennedy decided not to staff her campaign with Marion County Democratic Party personnel, particularly Executive Director Adam Kirsch. Treacy reportedly wanted Kennedy to hire Kirsch as her campaign manager, Kennedy was not crazy about that idea and I’m told “learned her lesson about Adam during her run for County Prosecutor” back in 2006.
And now there seems to be some tension over yesterday’s voter rally at City Market. Less than three dozen Kennedy supporters and party members showed up for the rally and a number of them were voter registration staff. Both sides are reportedly blaming each other for the low turnout. The Kennedy camp, I’m told, believes the County party did a horrible job in getting supporters out. The County party reportedly blames Kennedy for not being an exciting enough candidate.
And apparently, it’s not just Kennedy who has a problem with the Chairman. There are also a lot of rank and file precinct committeemen who would like to see someone else take the helm and are just waiting for the right leader to come along. Throw in Carson and Kennedy’s discontent toward the County Chairman and you are potentially sitting on a full mutiny.
Now I know once again, this is the part where I get accused of “making stuff up” and “living in a political fantasy world”. However, let me make two quick points. First, like everything else I put out I stand by what I write. And what I write is based on conversations I have with a number of individuals and I take those conversations and put together a composite. Are there pieces missing at times, of course there are. But if I was ever totally off-point, as in the past, I would get a call from a surrogate telling me I was way off base and pointing out the errors of my ways. And all of the aforementioned parties in today’s post have my number and I will let you know if any of them show up on my caller ID.