Carmel, Indiana mayor implicated in major corruption scandal

The campaign of incumbent Carmel, Indiana Mayor James “Jim” Brainard, a Republican, has been implicated in a major corruption scandal, in which Brainard’s re-election campaign allegedly attempted to bribe Fred Glynn, who is currently running in the Republican primary for mayor, into not running against Brainard:

Hamilton County Democrats are calling for an election board investigation into whether a proposed bribe was discussed during a meeting attended by representatives for the two Republican candidates for mayor in Carmel and the head of the Hamilton County Republican Party.

“It’s been alleged that Mayor Brainard’s campaign offered a bribe to have his opponent Fred Glynn not run against him,” charged Democrat Party Chairman Joe Weingarten.

Glynn told FOX59 that at a meeting February 3, his campaign manager met with Jim Brainard’s veteran campaign consultant Allan Sutherlin and County (Republican) Party Chairwoman Laura Campbell where a $140,000 bribe from the mayor’s campaign to Glynn was discussed to convince the challenger to drop out of the May 7 primary election.


Unfortunately, no Democratic candidate filed to run for Mayor of Carmel, so the only candidates in the race, Brainard and Glynn, will appear on the Republican primary ballot. That is a major disappointment, given that the incumbent mayor tried to bribe his way to the Republican nomination, and that the northern Indianapolis suburbs, including Carmel, have trended away from Republicans in recent years.