INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi is speaking out about hispersonal and professional relationship with Tim Durham.
Brizzi calls the investigation into Durham's businesses adistraction and admits he feels badly for his friend. But he alsoadmits taking money from Durham for his 2006 campaign for countyprosecutor.
Brizzi talked about Fair Financial, Durham's company that isunder the microscope of federal investigators and his involvementwith that company.
Below is the transcript of the interview:
24-Hour News 8 reporter Gene Rodriguez: Let's talkabout Fair Financial. You made the decision first to be on theboard then you reversed that decision. Clearly the FBI wasinvestigating him. Can you explain the red flags and why youdecided to remove yourself from the board?
Carl Brizzi: I never attended a board meeting,never received any compensation. Tim and I are friends and we madea decision that that was something that I wasn't going to beinvolved in.
Gene: Now he ran your campaign and you traveled tothe Super Bowl with him.
Carl Brizzi: He didn't run my campaign....he was amy finance director.
Gene: You traveled a lot. What does it say aboutyour decision making when now you are learning all of this abouthim and you did spend a lot of time with him?
Carl Brizzi: We spent almost two and a halfmillion dollars in the 2006 campaign. It's a lot of money. And uh,Tim's a friend and he helped raise a good bit of money and alsocontributed a lot of money as well. And so we've spent a uh vastmajority of the money that we raised prior ot 2006 on that campaignand it was a tough campaign as you remember. Both sides raised aconsiderable sum.
Gene: You concerned about where that money camefrom now, knowing that you already spent it?
Carl Brizzi: Well, I think it's premature to uhjudge. We didn't take any money unlike another campaign recentlywhere the candidate withdrew from the race. We didn't receive anymoney from Fair Holdings or from Fair Financial.
Gene: However, what they are looking into is thathe used those holdings as a personal bank account for some of hisinterests and some of his investments so arguably some of thatmoney could have come from there and there's just no paper trailfor it.
Carl Brizzi: Well, I think that's why we have towait until the investigation is over before we jump to anyconclusions about...you know...maybe that if, if that money did infact come from other sources.
Gene: But you have to be concerned for your ownpolitical future, knowing what's going on and how closely relatedyou were to him.
Carl Brizzi: Tim's a friend and I am sorry thatthis happened, uh, to him, and you know, Gene what do you do if afriend gets in trouble you just feel badly for them. I mean that'skind of where I am at right now and we're going to go about thebusiness of putting the bad guys in jail.
Gene: Could you say that you are on the up and upand you weren't involved in any of this knowingly or anything likethat.
Carl Brizzi: Of course, that's not even out thereis it. No one is making those kinds of accusations. So, again weall have friends and um I feel badly for what has happened to himbut look we've got to go about the business of prosecutingcriminals and that's where my focus is right now and this isobviously a distraction but we are going to press on.
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