Rep. Pelath rants about Indianapolis snow removal

January 8th, 2014 at 4:25 pm by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

A key state lawmaker went on a rant about the snow removal in Indianapolis Wenesday.

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath looked at the traffic problems in Indianapolis and declared that the city was crippled by this winter storm.

Pelath is from Michigan City, a community that deals with lake effect snow on a regular basis.  He said the snow removal efforts here don’t compare to those at home.

With reporters gathered in his Statehouse office to talk about other things, Pelath felt the need to give this review of the storm response in Indianapolis.

“I think the snow removal here has been abysmal,” he said.  “I think its an embarassment and I think that clearly they have, um, they’ve trimmed a lot of muscle from their budgets.  I mean this snow has brought our biggest city to a standstill for a number of days.  It doesn’t have to be that way.”

He went on the say, “I believe the response could have been a lot better and I’ve seen it done better.”

Pelath didn’t blame anyone in particular for the problems here but clearly he was putting the mayor on the spot.

Keep in mind that Pelath is a Democrat and Mayor Greg Ballard is a Republican so there could be some political motivation for the rant, but it appeared to be unrehearsed.

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