INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Carl Brizzi will not seek re-election as Marion CountyProsecutor. Instead, he will endorse his chief of staff in the 2010race.
After two terms as prosecutor, Republican
"Just not sure about another five years in this office," saidBrizzi. "When I talked to my predecessors, Scott Newman and SteveGoldsmith, all of them cautioned against the toll, emotional andotherwise, that a third term could bring."
But re-election would present new problems, too, because ofBrizzi's connections with Tim Durham. Brizzi partied with Durhamand shared business interests with the man now under FBIinvestigation for running an alleged Ponzi scheme.
Marion County GOP Chairman Tom John denies there was pressure onBrizzi to step aside.
"Absolutely not," said John. "Carl Brizzi has been a greatpublic servant. If you look at the statistics out of that office,and they're 10 points above the conviction rate nationally."
But while Brizzi Thursday endorsed his chief of staff, HelenMarchal, Marchal is already answering questions about whether theBrizzi-Durham connection should be a factor in her race.
"Absolutely not," is Marchal's answer, too.
"That has nothing to do with the workings of the prosecutor'soffice. I'm proud of the record we've got. We have a 79-percentconviction rate," she said.
Brizzi insists that his connection with Durham wouldn't havebeen a barrier to re-election.
"Not a problem that couldn't be overcome with the rightmessaging and that sort of thing," he said.
Yet Democrats wanted to run against Brizzi in the currentatmosphere. Now they hope to keep Marchal from accepting campaigncontributions from him. County chairman Ed Treacy calls it dirtymoney.
Helen Marchal resigned from the prosecutor's office Wednesdayso she could become a candidate.
Federal law prohibited her from serving in both roles. Bywaiting until Thursday to make announcements, Brizzi and Marchalprevented another Republican from making the filing deadline forthe Marion County slating convention.
That deadline passed at 5 p.m.
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