Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

October 27, 2012

Public eye - Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012

By Ken de la Bastide and Scott Smith
Tribune columnists

Our mistake

Last week The Public Eye slighted county officials when we reported on a $5,000 grant the county is offering emerging small businesses.

Howard County Commissioner Paul Wyman said the county, to date, has given 16 grants, including three in the last month alone. The program started two years ago as a way to help new businesses afford rent while they get up and running. The Indiana Main Street Association jointly awarded the city of Kokomo and the county for their economic development efforts during the Main Street conference in Kokomo earlier this month.

In other corrections, the actual square footage of the Armstrong Landon building being marketed by Scott Pitcher is just over 58,000 square feet, and the asking price for that building is $599,000.

Check that

In the aftermath of Richard Mourdock’s rape comments, Jackie Walorski’s campaign quickly sent out this statement: “I strongly disagree with Mr. Mourdock’s statements during last night’s Senate debate and would urge him to apologize. I have been clear on my views, I am pro-life with the exceptions of incest, rape, and life of the mother.”

About two hours later, she sent out a second press release, which stated that the first release had been sent out inadvertently.

“I believe Richard Mourdock’s apology was both necessary and appropriate. My opponent is using this issue to try and distract voters from his support for Obamacare, more spending, and the liberal

Pelosi-Obama agenda. I am focused on cutting spending, balancing the budget, repealing Obamacare, and getting our economy working again,” the second release stated.

We understand that sometimes people want to clarify their statements, but we are still trying to figure out when, exactly, Mourdock apologized for his comments?

Jumping on the bandwagon

It appears that every Democratic Party candidate running for a state or national office are using Mourdock’s comments in the final days of the campaign.

From Barack Obama to John Gregg and every candidate in between is trying to parlay Mourdock’s comments into political leverage.

Democrat Scott Reske, running in the 5th Congressional District, against Republican Susan Brooks, said Thursday that although Brooks disagreed with the comments, she continued to campaign with Mourdock.

Brooks attended a dinner with Mourdock in which Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina, was in attendance.

“Ms Brooks has continued to align herself with politicians who support cutting access to cancer screenings, affordable birth control, maternity care and breast cancer coverage,” Reske said. “Right to Life has endorsed Ms. Brooks, an organization that opposes exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the woman.”

Reske added if Brooks disagrees with Mourdock, she should return the political contributions from Right to Life. Something unlikely to take place.

Candidate forum

Tipton County residents will have a chance to meet with candidates for local office during an event sponsored by the Tipton County Chamber of Commerce at the Elks Lodge from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Incumbent Republican Mike Cline is being challenged by Democrat Matthew Gall for the District 3 Commissioner seat; Republican Joe VanBibber and Democrat Marty Bond are running for the District 2 seat, left vacant when Republican Jane Harper decided not to seek re-election.

Republicans Jim Ashley, John Powell and Jennifer Richey are running against Democrats Kenny Ziegler and Bob Edinger for the at-large seats on the council. Incumbent Republicans Scott Friend, Brad Nichols and Vicky McCorkle are not seeking re-election.