I thought I was done for a while with the perpetual stories of Marion County Democratic Chairman Ed Treacy’s inability to play well with others like 7th District Congressman Andre Carson and Mayoral candidate Melina Kennedy, however the fates have decided on a different course of action this morning and this tale takes us by the Charlie White voter fraud civil trial and Treacy’s not so great relationship with IDP Chairman Dan Parker. Sit tight folks, this one is good.
As you know Indiana Democrats have filed suit in Marion County Court to have Charlie White removed from office and Vop Osili declared Secretary of State. They say White wasn’t a legally registered voter when he filed for Secretary of State and his election should be declared null and void. Marion County Judge Louis Rosenberg, a strong and loyal partisan from everything I’ve been able to learn about his record, ordered the Indiana Recount Commission to rehear the case it originally dismissed last year. And the public impression regarding Judge Rosenberg is that he has been no-nonsense about the entire matter.
However, from what I’ve been able to piece together, as always from multiple sources which help me draw a composite, is Judge Rosenberg originally did not want to get involved in the matter, however he was getting a lot of pressure from a group of stalwart Democrats at the state and local level. Rosenberg then reportedly went to Chairman Ed Treacy to get permission to go forward and to also drag Republican Party GOP Chairman Eric Holcomb into all this as well.
Treacy allegedly saw this as an opportunity to go after current State Chairman Dan Parker. There is no love lost between the two. Treacy was reportedly part of a coup that tried to have Parker ousted as Chairman two years ago and he’s still reportedly furious at Parker for what went down at a mid-February meeting concerning the upcoming Governor’s race.
At that meeting Parker, former gubernatorial candidate Jim Schellinger, former Lt. Governor and City of Indianapolis Comptroller Kathy Davis and former Congressional Candidate and State Public Health Director Woody Myers all met with former Speaker and soon to be announced candidate for Governor John Gregg at State party headquarters to talk about Gregg running for Governor. There were no representatives from the Democrats’ key constituent groups: leadership from the traditional African-American base, the LGBT community and the Marion County Democratic Party, thus the reason for Treacy’s anger. I meant to write about this back in February but then the House Democrat walkout occurred and it got pushed to the back burner.
So Abdul, what does this have to do with the Charlie White trial? Everything. The logic behind the White trial, my sources tell me, that if Rosenberg can find that White was ineligible to run for Secretary of State and gives the office to Osili, then Treacy can take credit for doing something the IDP could not do, win a statewide office. This increases Treacy’s influence statewide. Which by the way, he has been quietly placing candidates in key positions for upcoming state party elections so Parker can be removed from office.
Hey, I know it sounds crazy, but apparently my last two posts hit quite the nerve with the Chairman because of how close they were to the mark so I’ll be interested to see what the end result of this one is. Of course if any of the key players mentioned in this post would like to dispute what I have written I plan to be at 300 East Sunday afternoon between four and six for the Marion County Democratic Party free chili supper and rally. My digital tape recorder and I will be more than happy to take down anything they’re willing to say.