We saw this story while we were on hiatus but were inclined to let it slide until our friends at IndyDemocrat posted a story on it this week.
Last week, the Indy Star had an article on the newly released $55 million RebuildIndy funds being used to repair bridges, streets and sidewalks all over the county. This is a part of the total $170 million RebuildIndy has invested since last September.
A business owner was quoted praising the work saying, “I just appreciate, as a business owner in the community, just to see the work that has progressed today.”
Obviously all this good press and progress isn’t good for Melina Kennedy’s campaign and she did what we’ve seen her do time and time again–attack. After commenting on the massive amount of construction occurring, Kennedy said, “I just want assurances that he’s not rushing these projects for election purposes.”
Seriously? It is one thing to dislike something that is happening or disagree with Mayor Ballard but it is quite another to attack his integrity. Even Mayor Ballard’s harshest critics believe he is an upstanding guy who does what he thinks is best for Indianapolis. They may not agree with his decisions but they do believe he is an honest person.
Why is the construction work happening quickly? Even Jon Easter admits that there are reasons outside of politics though he is still using some of Kennedy’s talking points. Easter says, “The Super Bowl could be one reason, and the fact that some of these areas of the city really needed the work.”
That’s right, even Democrat bloggers know the state of disrepair this city was left in by the past administration and that the infrastructure desperately needs to be repaired. And can you believe that the City of Indianapolis would want to make a good impression and be in the best shape possible before the Super Bowl comes to town? Man, those guys are crazy to want to get the work done before such a small event.
Yes, road construction is an inconvenience. Do we care enough to not fix the roads and bridges? Of course not–at least most of us who are adults do not. Is the work shoddy? No. This spring’s weather has been strange to say the least and that has an impact on things.
It seems to us like silly season has started a bit early this year. If Melina Kennedy wants to be taken seriously, she’s going to have to raise the bar a bit.