According to a source out sixth district way, where NABC's original location does business, a Jeff Gahan mayoral bid is almost certain, producing (so far) a 3-way Democratic primary (with Paul Etheridge and Irv Stumler), and giving new meaning to the notion of a threesome.
Council member Gahan's interest in the mayor's office has been rumored for quite some time. Personally, I'd have preferred a Marcey Wisman-Bennett candidacy, because her smarts, chutzpah and record as city clerk speak for themselves. She's also a Democrat, capital D, in a coherent sense of the party's principles.
However, it appears that it isn't to be.
It may come as a shock to you, but in light of recent events, the time may be now for a reconsideration of Gahan as mayoral hopeful. His council role in the anti-redistricting bushwhacking still lodges large in my throat, and I understand quite well that more than a few of my colleagues have more extensive rows than just that one to hoe with Gahan. And yet, he's had some good calls, too, like taking the lead in opposing funding for One Southern Indiana.
It seems to me that Gahan's slight mayoral window nudged open when the Democratic Party (really?) erred in deciding that Doug England's departure required the immediate coronation of a geriatric caretaker. Gee, all the GOP need do is rerun Randy Hubbard, and voila! It's city government by napping.
I am not a Democrat, but I am not impressed, either. What do we do if the GOP's nominee turns out to be right-wing-immersed Rebecca Gardenour?
All of it classifies as a confused nadir in a city where confused nadirs count as majestic mountain peaks, but nonetheless, it's an opening for Gahan. What will he do with it, if anything, and should we care?
Discuss if you wish.