Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Who Is Jud McMillin?

We probably should have seen the mess with former State Rep. Jud McMillin coming.

Former blogger and friend of the blog, Bil Browning penned a long, damning post on McMillin in 2011 for his Bilerico Project blog.  The blog has since been discontinued, but the content is still up on the internet.  He added this piece just today his new capacity as a writer for the Advocate.

Translation: Jud McMillin's public persona was a carefully-crafted facade to hide an alleged dark side.

I urge you to take a look at the Bilerico Project report.

McMillin Resigns As Video Emerges

Former Rep. Jud McMillin
Indiana State Representative Jud McMillin shocked his caucus and politicos around the state by announcing he would resign his seat in the Indiana House citing family concerns.  Eyebrows were raised.

Turns out, according to the Indianapolis Star and other sources, an explicit video was has emerged, and McMillin's phone is the one that sent it.  McMillin had sent a befuddling text preemptively apologizing to anyone receiving anything offensive from him because his phone had been stolen.  

Everything suddenly made sense.

It's another sad end for an Indiana lawmaker.  McMillin, a sponsor this past session of the divisive RFRA legislation, was first elected in 2010 to the General Assembly defeating longtime Rep. Bob Bischoff. His rise has been meteoric through the Republican ranks.

His fall came even more quickly.

As I've said before when these things happen, I take no joy in commenting on them, and I tend to keep the unseemly off this blog.  I find that no one is perfect...least of all our elected officials.  It's just too bad that some seem to be so hypocritical.   

Mary Beth Schneider, a former veteran Indianapolis Star Statehouse reporter and current great Twitter follow summed up McMillin's resignation from the House better than I ever could.

Then later...

McMillin's caucus will replace his leadership position, and a group of precinct committeepeople will convene to see who will take over his seat in the General Assembly.  

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Brewer Attacks Hogsett at Civic Council Forum

Greg Ballard chats with Chuck Brewer
Photo courtesy of Facebook
Last night, Chuck Brewer spoke in front of the Decatur Township Civic Council.

For the most part, he was very polished, a little boring, and had a seemed to have a good grasp of the issues.  Some of his proposals raised some eyebrows.

For one, he said he would solve some neighborhood zoning fights by offering developers free use of brownfield land in other parts of the city.  This is something that has been used successfully in other locales, but you might wonder what a program like this would cost in Marion County.

Brewer criticized Mayor Ballard's administration for spending more money than it takes in.  "You wouldn't operate your own business or balance your checkbook that way," said the restaurateur.  Brewer, however, talked about costly program after costly program he hoped to institute as Mayor.

He was also asked a question about how he would improve public education in the city.  After explaining that the Mayor has no formal role in public education, Brewer touted Mayor Ballard's use of charter schools as expanding choice for parents and students.  He said that charter schools, on average, achieve at a rate ten times better than traditional public schools.

I guess that depends on what measure you look at.  Last November, WTHR did a report showing that about half of Indiana's charter schools were not performing to anyone's liking.  Chalkbeat also reported more trouble with achievement in Indianapolis' charters earlier this month.

Every time a charter school is created, a public school is created.  Brewer seemed oblivious to this fact.  The Mayor very much is a player in the public schools in Indianapolis.

Did Brewer seem Mayoral? I would say that he seemed more polished than Ballard did when he took on Bart Peterson in 2007, but I don't think he's anywhere near as ready as Joe Hogsett is to lead the city.

Some of the harshest words of the night were reserved for Hogsett.  Brewer never addressed him by name, but he said that he became concerned enough to run for Mayor when Hogsett or "my opponent" entered the race.  Brewer said that he wants to be someone who runs for Mayor, does good for his city, and goes back to being a citizen and a father.

He indirectly accused Hogsett of running because of the need "to be somebody" and someone who runs for office again and again to fill that need.

Even in a Democrat room, I have yet to hear Hogsett speak ill of Brewer.

Monday, September 28, 2015

In Memoriam: Bill Crawford (1936-2015)

Rep. Bill Crawford
Friday, Indiana lost a legend, and many lost a friend.

Longtime State Representative Bill Crawford passed away after fighting health problems over the last year.  He was 79 years old.

In many ways, it's hard to believe Crawford is gone.  His influence is still here.

Crawford, as Amos Brown astutely points out, was Indiana's most influential African-American lawmaker, and it's hard to argue against that.  His public life only tells part of the story.

On a spring night in 1968, Crawford gathered with others to listen to Robert F. Kennedy speak.

We know now that gathering in the park on April 4, 1968 was where Kennedy gave one of his most famous speeches.  It was his on-the-spot eulogy of Dr. Martin Luther King, who had been gunned down earlier that day. While riots erupted across the country, Kennedy's poignant speech that preached unity instead of division and love through loss kept Indianapolis peaceful that evening.

It also, according to Brown, inspired Crawford to serve.

Serve he did.  Elected to the Indiana House in 1972, Crawford would rise through the ranks and become one of Indiana's most powerful politicians until his retirement in 2012.  Through almost his entire career in the House, he was on the Ways and Means Committee eventually becoming the Chairman or the Ranking Member depending on what party was in power.  That committee determines where the state spends its money.

Beyond that work, Crawford was a voice for the voiceless.  He was a fighter for those without boxing gloves.  He represented more than just his physical constituency.

On Friday, he was called to the big General Assembly in the sky.  My deepest condolences to his wife, Bernice, and his family and many friends.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Right Bullies Pope Francis Ignoring His Teachings

Pope Francis visits with First Dogs Bo and Sonny
Photo courtesy of the White House
Pete Souza

Pope Francis is making his first visit to the United States as Pontiff, and the far right is up a tree yelling, screaming, and protesting the leader of the Catholic Church's views.

With the Pope visiting the White House, Congress, and Washington, D.C. yesterday along with New York and Philadelphia before he leaves he country on Saturday, those on the far right are using the opportunity to essentially bully the Pope over his views on capitalism, climate change, and the pursuit of all things material.

What's amazing is that those on the right and the Pope stand in nearly the same political position on other controversial issues such as what defines marriage and abortion.  It's the Pope's more "leftist" views that have him being denounced on the right as the Anti-Pope.

For the Pope's part, he's answering the question correctly, and those on the right are being loons.  When it comes to the rich helping the poor, the pursuit of the almighty dollar, and taking care of the Earth, it's right out of the Bible those on the right claim to follow.

Hypocrisy.  That's what this is about.  It's about those that will stand on the Bible to keep gays separated but turn against God's word and teachings about how to treat the poor.  It's about what we value as humans.

The Pope is, in my estimation, a loving Pope and a caring Pope.  I know that even as he is bullied, doubted, libeled, and slandered by the right his message carries through to those in his flock.  It's why he is mobbed in every country he visits and why he is loved by so many.  Pope Francis, I believe, truly understands the teachings of Christianity.  Others out there who would disagree do so not because they are bad people but because the Pope refuses to play their games.  For him, it's not a question of rich vs. poor or how much is in my stock portfolio at the end of the day.  For the Pope, he wants a clean conscience when he meets St. Peter.

Now, I'm pretty much agnostic when it comes to religion these days.  I ask questions about a higher power, but I pretty much still believe in one.  The Pope makes me want to believe in a doctrine and a religion.  His kindness, openness, and seeming sincerity have drawn me closer to him and to God even though I'm not religious nor Catholic.  I find him to be one of the most fascinating people in the world, and please don't reduce this to right vs. left.

I don't believe Pope Francis is some Anti-Pope or that he and President Barack Obama are trying to establish some new world order.  Believe me, if the President of the United States wanted to do that, he wouldn't need a Pope on his side.  We've already seen how we can willy nilly attack sovereign nations on trumped up intelligence because we choose to do so.

I truly believe this Pope is teaching from his heart and his conscience.  Agree or disagree with him, I think he is someone to be embraced at this time of trouble in our world.  Perhaps he's the key to bringing peace and love back.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Hogsett's Latest Ad is Pure Joe

Joe Hogsett's latest TV ad pokes fun at his legendary frugality because it's true.  Joe can pinch a penny.

While the script may be a little hokey, it gets the point across.  As Steph says, just sniff his sneak...never mind.

The ad puts me in mind of one of my favorite ads of the 2012 race with Joe Donnelly, another ordinary Joe, and his wife as the stars.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Sugar's Sour Exit from Governor's Race

Tom Sugar
Tom Sugar has said no on his run for Governor.

In a long and complete statement, Sugar walks readers through his decision.  Much of which is understandable.  A 14-month run for Governor would have had an indelible effect on Sugar's family.  He said that he could not keep his job with the non-profit organization and had trouble attracting business to a small business he tried to form.

Sugar also spoke at length about an issue close to his heart; the way legislative districts are drawn.  He talked about the disappointment that many of our legislative races are decided before one vote is cast by the way they are drawn and urged Hoosiers to stand up and do better.

The former Bayh aide also spoke out against the Indiana Democratic Party.

"At the same time, the Indiana Democratic Party and many of its key financial supporters did all they could to discourage my campaign, fearing a primary challenge to John Gregg. I believe this is wrongheaded and hope to live long enough to see the day when Hoosier Democrats begin to behave like winners, confident enough to welcome new leaders, new energy and new ideas. Sadly, it doesn’t appear this will be the case in 2016."

So, it doesn't appear that Sugar will be embracing John Gregg, but why should Gregg be punished and penalized for entering the race early and elbowing out his competition?  No one prevented Sugar from launching a run on his own, some calls from his former boss or even a couple of checks could have leveled the playing field between Gregg and Sugar.

I believe many progressives have issues with Gregg's conservative brand of politics, but I also know that Gregg is not nearly as bad for Indiana as four more years of Mike Pence would be given Gregg's record as Speaker of the Indiana House and his conversations with me.

Sugar's statement simply muddies the water. I think Sugar's a good man, and I'm glad he considered a run, but I say don't blame it on family and financial concerns and then in almost the same breath attack your own party for forcing you out of a race you never entered late.

Brewer Narrative Sounds Familiar

Chuck Brewer
One of my friends on the Republican side of the aisle posted on Facebook in support of Chuck Brewer's campaign for Mayor.  Her post sounded eerily familiar.

Eight years ago, Mayor Bart Peterson was still considered the favorite at this time in the campaign.  A narrative began to emerge that his challenger, Greg Ballard, was a Marine who knew how to spend money and could figure out how to deliver city services "without asking for more of our money" and even returning money the Peterson Administration had collected in taxes.

Of course, after he was elected, Mayor Greg Ballard didn't return that money, and he's asked for more and more of our money in taxes and fees.  That also doesn't include the tax hikes that he's been blocked from getting through the Council.

Joe Hogsett hasn't made any pledges other than to be transparent and fiscally responsible when it comes to taxes because he knows that you can't see the future.  There might be a very good reason to come to the taxpayers and ask for more money.  

Friday, September 18, 2015

Young Launches Early Attack on Obamacare

Thursday night, Todd Young came out with this ad during the Republican Presidential Debate on CNN.  It's the first ad for the Senate seat Dan Coats intends to vacate come 2017 and the first ad of the 2016 season for Young.

It's not a particularly strong ad.  It also identifies something that's going to be nearly impossible to do as one of Young's top priorities: repeal Obamacare.

As much as Republicans keep trying to do it, the Affordable Care Act is going to be law.  Time after time, Republicans have been trying to get the votes to repeal the legislation, and it just hasn't happened.  Besides, too many Americans are now dependent on the coverage.  To pull it now without anything to replace it would be foolish and bad policy.  Plus, unless the Republicans pull 60 votes in the U.S. Senate, it's just not going to happen.

Thus, this was wasted money for Young spent well too far in front of the election cycle for many to remember.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Brewer's New Ad

Indianapolis Mayoral candidate Chuck Brewer has cut his first advertisement.  It's largely a biographical ad.  It doesn't say much about his plan for the city or flesh out much detail.

It's a solid ad.  No question, they are playing big off his background as a Marine.  I guess it worked twice before.

It appears the ad war has been joined.  We'll see if Brewer can get this one on TV.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Sandlin Tosses Hat in Ring for Senate District 36 Race

Councillor Jack Sandlin
With Brent Waltz deciding to run for the 9th District Congressional seat, a member of the City-County Council is throwing his hat in the ring.

Last week, Jack Sandlin, who is running unopposed for reelection to the City-County Council, announced that he would like to replace Brent Waltz in the State Senate come 2017.

Sandlin represents District 24 on the Southside of Indy on the Council and is one of the furthest right voices on the Council.  When the City-County Council voted to oppose RFRA and urge the addition of LGBT Hoosiers to the state's non-discrimination law, Sandlin was one of four Councillors to vote against the proposal.

Sandlin has never faced serious Democratic opposition in his Council runs having defeated Libertarian Ed Coleman in 2011.  Neither the Democrats or the Libertarians ran anyone against him in 2015.  That doesn't make a whole lot of sense because Sandlin, a two-term Perry Township Trustee, lost in his own party's primary in 2006 for a third term to Gary Coons.

Perry Township resident Ryan Guillory, a Democrat, has announced he will run for the the seat in 2016.  Guillory has run for Indiana House before in a very tough seat (District 93 vs. Dave Frizzell), and he is a very good candidate.

Sandlin certainly will have to work harder than he's ever worked if he is the only candidate in that district because Guillory is tireless.  However, I would expect he will see competition for the GOP nomination.

I have been told Ryan Guillory is no longer a candidate.  I regret the error.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Sugar Keeps Politicos In Suspense

It’s been a few days since former Evan Bayh Chief of Staff and current Complete College Vice President Tom Sugar took to Twitter and announced that he had made his decision regarding a run for Governor of Indiana.

We have stayed tuned, but it seems more like a test pattern than a program of any note so far. We have less of answer and just more questions.

In the meantime, John Gregg has just kept on keeping on.  Just this past weekend, Gregg wrapped up the endorsement of the Marion County Democratic Party Central Committee. He’s also continued to crisscross the state in an effort to add to his position as the frontrunner to win the Democratic nomination in 2016. Whether Sugar enters or not, I’d have to say, by any objective measure, that Gregg's position is strong.  

He appears well positioned for a fight.

Could that be what's delaying Sugar's decision?  Money may or may not be a factor, and Gregg has shown a significant ability to raise funds.  He may have already shaken many of the early trees Sugar might approach.  There is still a trump card for Sugar...and I don't mean "The Donald".

If Sugar's position as a former Bayh staffer can cause the former Governor and Senator to open his campaign purse and drop a couple of million on Sugar, it will instantly equalize the playing field. Still, Sugar starts from way behind in voter contact and finds himself in a name recognition hole.  That's not sweet.  It is still early, and these things could still be overcome especially with Bayh’s blessing and considerable help.

It will be interesting to see what Sugar decides to do.  Mike Pence awaits.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Schneider Passes on Run for Reelecton to Indiana Senate.

Over the weekend, Scott Schneider quietly announced he would not be running for reelection to his Senate seat in 2016.

He said it was to concentrate on his family's ice business, but political insiders speculate that the district's numbers are close enough that his co-sponsorship of RFRA might actually be a factor.

The district includes much of the north side of Indianapolis including much of Washington and a little bit of Lawrence Township, but it also includes parts of Carmel and Fishers.  It's a district that looks, on paper, to be closer than ever.

In 2012, Schneider slipped past Tim Delaney by just 928 votes.  His 34,445 votes constituted just 49.3% of the vote against Delaney and Libertarian F.C. Peterson.

Schneider is a former City-County Councillor and was elected by his party to the Senate seat in 2009 replacing Senator Teresa Lubbers.

The question is now, who will the Republicans get to run for the seat and who will the Democrats get to oppose that person?

Friday, September 11, 2015

Is Biden Biding His Time Before Entering 2016 Race?

Joe Biden has been contemplating a run for President in 2016, and there are mounting indications that he may undertake a third bid at the office.

This time is different. Biden has absolutely nothing to lose by running. He won’t be dividing the party, and he may actually do Hillary Clinton a solid by taking focus off Bernie Sanders as she tries to rebuild her campaign.

Biden first ran for President in 1988, and his campaign came apart over allegations that he plagiarized British politician Neil Kinnock in speeches. Previously, Biden had cited Kinnock as a source of the plagiarized passages, but sloppiness and lack of attention to detail ended up biting him in the rear. He quit the campaign in 1987. On the controversy, Biden said, "All I had to say was 'Like Kinnock.' If I'd just said those two words, 'Like Kinnock,' and I didn't. It was my fault, nobody else's fault."

After a brush with death and an aneurysm in 1988, Biden went on to become one of the most respected Senators in the body. In 2008, he mounted a second bid for the White House, and that one ended after controversial comments Biden made about then Illinois Senator Barack Obama who had just entered the Presidential race. "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy," Biden said. "I mean, that's a storybook, man."

Again, Biden was forced to apologize. His campaign languished, and he tearfully pulled the plug following a bad finish in Iowa.  It seemed like he would be destined to finish his career out in the Senate when Obama offered him the Vice Presidency.  Biden jumped on board the Obama express, and he's served with distinction and loyalty since he took the Oath of Office.

Throughout his tenure, we've seen glimpses of Joe Biden, the man.  He says what’s on his mind, and he’s sloppy and he doesn’t always say it in the most articulate way, but it’s one of the reasons why he’s beloved by many. Biden has a personal quality that relates to people in a way other politicians don’t.

That’s why Joe Biden has done well by his constituents his entire career.

So, bottom line, if he’s up to it, I would tell Joe Biden to run for President in 2016. He has nothing to lose and just might end up being Commander-in-Chief.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Dean Jessup Releases First TV Ad

Mayor Dean Jessup is up and on the air as he runs for reelection in Lawrence.  Here is his slick new television ad.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

FOP Releases Endorsements

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 86 here in Indy released its list of endorsements last week. 

You’ll notice that I am not endorsed, but it was a very good process. I felt like I got a fair shot at it. Anyway, here is a list of those earning the endorsements of the FOP for City-County Council and Mayor of Indianapolis.

District 1-Brian Jones (R)
District 2-Kip Tew (D)
District 3-Christine Scales (R)
District 4-Ray Biederman (D)
District 5-Curtis Bigsbee (D)
District 6-Janice McHenry (R)
District 7-Adrienne Slash (R)
District 8-No Endorsement
District 9-No Endorsement
District 10-Maggie Lewis (D)
District 11-No Endorsement
District 12-Blake Johnson
District 13-No Endorsement
District 14-No Endorsement
District 15-Marilyn Pfisterer (R)
District 16-Jeff Miller (R)
District 17-Zach Adamson (D)
District 18-Susie Cordi (R)
District 19-Ben Hunter (R)
District 20-Jason Holliday (R)
District 21-Frank Mascari (D)
District 22-Bob Lutz (R)
District 23-Scott Kreider (R)
District 24-Jack Sandlin (R)
District 25-Aaron Freeman (R)
Mayor-Joe Hogsett (D)

In all, 13 Republicans were endorsed and seven Democrats got the nod. In addition, 13 incumbent Councillors earned the endorsement. Republican Council leader Mike McQuillen was not one of them.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Donnelly Takes on Hoosier Jobs in Donnelly Days

Joe Donnelly, it's so hard to stay mad at you.

The Junior Senator from Indiana has spent the last year going across the Hoosier State and taking on the jobs of everyday folks.  It's something the Senator calls "Donnelly Days".

Such is the conundrum of Hoosier Democrats when it comes to Joe Donnelly.

On one hand, Donnelly has a very authentic and human touch.  "Donnelly Days" is just one indication of that side of his personality.  Joe is Joe, and he has an everyman quality that relates well to Hoosiers.

On the other hand, Donnelly occasionally votes conservatively.  Recently, we were reminded of this on his procedural vote that could have stopped federal funding for Planned Parenthood.  While this also makes him popular among certain Hoosiers, many on the liberal Democrat side take great issue with his views.

To win reelection in 2018, Donnelly will somehow have to bring the two sides together as a coalition and maybe add some independents as well because you know that Republicans will be coming after the seat.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Happy Labor Day!

Thanks to our brothers and sisters of organized labor, I have today off. No blog post here. Thanks to all those who struggled to make this day of respite possible! Thanks for the 40 hour work week, overtime, and the lunch break. Thanks for getting children out of the workplace and for making strides towards equal pay for equal work. Thanks for the minimum wage (and the inevitable rise that will come someday). Thanks for representing workers and their families.

Thanks organized labor! Happy Labor Day!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Hogsett Endorsed by FOP Lodge 86

Joe Hogsett
The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 86 announced yesterday evening that they have decided to endorse Joe Hogsett for Mayor of Indianapolis.

Here's a portion of the news release from Hogsett's campaign:

We're excited to share some breaking news with you. Just moments ago, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 86 announced their endorsement of Joe! 
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 86 represents over 3,000 active and retired law enforcement members from across central Indiana and is a vital voice in our community. 
Every day, these hardworking men and women put on their uniforms to protect and serve our city. And if elected mayor, Joe is dedicated to providing them the tools and support they need to succeed. 
That's why Joe's public safety plan calls for 150 new officers, a return to community policing, and a renewed focus on reentry and reintegration services.

Indy's police officers stood with Joe tonight: will you?

The FOP endorsed Melina Kennedy in 2011 and Greg Ballard in 2007.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Lonely Life for Presidents

Obama in Alaska
President Barack Obama continued his tour of Alaska yesterday.  White House Official Photographer Pete Souza snapped this beautiful pic of the Chief Executive floating through the Kenai Fords National Park.

The pose is contemplative for the President, and it got me to thinking what he might be thinking about as he looked over the vast Alaskan wilderness.  Sometimes when I'm in that situation, I begin to think about where I stand in this world or what my place is.  I'm sure Presidents must do that to every so often.

Regardless of who you are or how much you are hated by others, I'm sure that the President has to be keenly aware of who they are at any given moment.  The job is, by nature, political, but there are only a handful of people that are as well-known and maybe even fewer that are as powerful as the President of the United States.  It's a lot of pressure having the weight of the world on one's shoulders.

It's a pressure one only feels alone.  Only those who have sat in that chair in the Oval Office can understand what the feeling is like with all that pressure.  It's a very exclusive club.

That's why I love the Souza picture.  You can see the pressure on the Presidentnly 's face and almost feel it in the tenseness of his arms.  This man is in a place where he should be relaxed, but he looks anything but.  I'm sure it's the nature of the job that runs down the best of them.

Sometime shortly after noon on January 20, 2017, President Obama will watch as his successor is sworn in.  Sometime after that, he will board a helicopter and leave Washington behind for Honolulu or Chicago or where ever he plans to settle.  Finally the weight of the job can leave him because it will belong to the next person.

The President will only be 56 when he flies away from Washington on that January 20.  He will be young enough to continue to work or old enough to retire if he chooses.

Whatever the course our President takes in the future, I want to thank him for what he's done for my rights.  People like me could not marry the ones we loved and because the President evolved on the issue, I think many people did too.

Still that picture to me is stunningly stoic and memorable.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Davis Puts Self Over Constituents in Kentucky

Running for office takes a lot of time, effort, and, if you win, a lot of sacrifice.
When you raise your hand and take your Oath of Office, you are making a solemn promise to defend the United States Constitution and the constitution of the state or commonwealth whose people you serve.
In Kentucky, one public official has blatantly and wantonly decided to disregard her Oath of Office. For that, she should resign. 

As a true public official, one should know that the job is about those you serve, and it’s not about you.  Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis doesn’t seem to understand this. Despite being ordered to issue marriage licenses to couples in accordance with federal law, Davis still refuses to issue same gender couples marriage licenses. She’s doing so because she says it violates her own moral view of what’s wrong and what’s right by her religion.

Her religion, however, isn’t the determining factor here. Again, she raised her hand and took an oath. Kim Davis’ religious views should be secondary to doing her job as the Clerk of Rowan County. The Clerk of Rowan County has been ordered by the Supreme Court of the United States to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. Still, she defies the court’s order.

It's one person (Kim Davis) putting her rights over and ahead of everyone else, and it’s wrong.  The fact that she's a fellow Democrat makes it even more shameful.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Hogsett to Take on Child Exploitation

In his fifth ad, just released last week, Joe Hogsett's back in the courtroom talking about fighting crime.  This time it's child exploitation.

Hogsett says as U.S. Attorney, he prosecuted cases of child exploitation, and, as Mayor of Indianapolis, he proposes creating an IMPD unit to take on the specialized nature of the crime.

The ad then changes to show viewers how they can avoid their children becoming victims of child exploitation and offers a way parents can go to Hogsett's website to find out more information about the issue.

It's another strong ad from the Hogsett campaign.