Republican State Senator and Indianapolis Mayoral candidate Jim Merritt went after incumbent Joe Hogsett Tuesday on the issue of potholes, saying the Mayor has failed to show leadership in addressing the issue.

At a news conference on the near east side today, Merritt said the roads in Indy were a “disaster” and the potholes were taking their toll on citizens.  And he called the city’s efforts to fix them reactionary, saying Hogsett should have taken steps earlier to treat the roads.

A spokesperson for the Mayor’s campaign said the city will spend $400 million on roads over the next four years and accused Merrit of playing “Washington-style politics”.

You can hear Merritt in the Leon-Tailored Audio above.  It runs about 16 minutes.