I always joke that on any given day the four most hated people at the Marion County Democratic Party are Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, Indiana State Democratic Chairman Dan Parker, and everyone’s favorite political pundit Abdul-Hakim Shabazz. I also always say that whomever comes in first depends on the day. I don’t Mitch, Greg or Dan have to worry about anything for a while.
As I blogged this week Chairman Ed Treacy and his wife, Marion County Superior Court Judge Becky Pierson-Treacy were planning a fund raiser on September 15 for Judge Treacy. The event allowed different levels of donating and for $1000 you get a “favorable ruling”. Although the Treacys say they were just joking, the legal community didn’t think it was funny. My colleagues at RTV 6 did a story about it. In the story former Judge Gary Miller, who also works in the are of professional liability and malpractice, said the flyer could indicate that justice was for sale. And a spokesperson for the Indiana Supreme Court said judges are required to act in a manner that promotes confidence in the judicial branch. The fund raiser has since been cancelled.
So how does this make me the most wanted, or in this case, most unwanted man at 148 E. Market Street? Easy. Had I not blogged about the fund raiser, it is unlikely it would have gotten any attention outside of legal circles. A lot of people would have complained, but many would have felt obligated to show up. Now that there has been some light shined on this event, it’s been cancelled. So in the eyes of Ed Treacy, I have committed the most unforgiveable sin, I have cost him political contributions. And there is reason to believe these contributions would have ended up going to help his City-Council candidates because does any here honestly think the Chairman of a County party can’t get his wife slated for judge? Seriously. And to make matters worse, anyone who has donated will probably start asking for their money back. So somehow I don’t think I will be on the Treacy’s Christmas card list this year.
Such is life my friends. I am sure that when I left the airwaves, a lot of people thought I was leaving for good. I told folks that I only lost one platform, and that can be rebuilt. Which by the way that whole process is coming along quite well. But for now, I don’t think I’ll be putting down Ed Treacy as a reference. I am sure he has called me a number of things that would probably be the basis for a civil rights complaint if I was on his payroll. But I don’t worry about threats or intimidation. I’ve been threatened by experts. And as far as being on his hit list, I am apparently in good company along with the Mayor, Governor, State Democratic Chairman and did I mention a number of Black clergy here in Indianapolis as well?
Enjoy your weekend. I will.