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Take The Money And Run: Kelty's Fall From Grace, Why It Didn't Have To Be

KeltyinpolicecarBrian Howey on the Matt Kelty campaign finance scandal and subsequent indictment:

"The most damning element of the nine-count indictment handed down by Sigler's grand jury were two counts of felony perjury stemming from the Zogby poll that changed the environment. Kelty, it is alleged, lied to a grand jury. And then last Wednesday: mugshots, perp walks, handcuffs, the exit through a courthouse side door. A courthouse lawn rally took place several hours later when a defiant Kelty insisted he had done 'nothing wrong' and declared that 'in the meantime we wage a vigorous campaign. We will win the election in November. In the end, we will prevail.'

"That is wishful thinking. The Fort Wayne Republican Party is a house divided. Several GOP executive committee members testified before the grand jury, proof the party is probably beyond repair going into an election sequence where they had a real shot at winning in Indiana’s second largest city.

"A Lugar or Coats campaign would never have pulled the kind of fast ones that Kelty has allegedly perpetrated in this race. It is a stunning fall for a rising star. He was positioned to become the political poster child for family values and strong moral character while playing by the rules.

"Those in the family advocacy circles who protest what they call a vendetta may find themselves walking the fine line between having the credibility of true believers and wanting something so badly they will sell their own political souls."

What the wingnuts don't seem to realize about the Kelty situation is that it all happened because he was trying to hide from them during the primary. As the old saying goes, he wanted to have his conservative cake and eat it, too.

Kelty didn't have to skirt the reporting law to accept money from the right-to-lifers. He could have taken as many of those big-dollar individual contributions as he wanted to. All he had to do was disclose them honestly.

But he couldn't do things the right way because then he'd have had to put their names on his report, and everyone would have known who was backing him. There's no way he could have been openly in bed with that crew and won the primary election against a moderate, experienced candidate.

So he lied about the source of the funding. Then it appears that he lied about the lie. And now he's facing quite a few felony counts and a dismal political future because of it.

The real question the conservative crowd needs to ask isn't, "Why is this happening to our poor wittle lambykins?"

They ought to be asking why he was trying to take their money while running away from their image. Kelty was -- and still is -- using them for their support, but he couldn't bear to be publicly associated with their stances. Way to stand up for what you believe in, Matt.

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Lambykins??? What?!? Take a sedative please!

"They ought to be asking why he was trying to take their money while running away from their image."

Well DUH...he hid their support because he wanted to get elected! I don't condone it, but it's not exactly anything new, is it?

"Lambykins?"

Maybe Jen wants someone to play "Lambs" with her.

It puts the lotion on its skin...

Actually, Lance, hiding (or attempting to hide) over $150,000 in campaign contributions IS new, at least around here. It is 2 orders of magnitude less than anything we've ever seen in Fort Wayne. Maybe we're pikers, but it is simply NOT part of our political culture that such contributions are hidden (or attempted to be hidden).

It's also not part of the law, FW Democrat.

Perhaps someone should carve the campaign finance statutes on a tablet of stone for Matt.

That goes without saying, TDW. But as we know the Kelty people feel that the law doesn't apply to Matt. So I thought I'd throw in the old "past practice" line.

Carve the campaign finance statutes on a tablet of stone for Matt?

You know he would probably break the first set on the way down from Mt. Horeb.

I do have a question about Kelty possibly moving out of the city so that his name can be removed from the ballot.

How does that work? Will he need to sell his home? Does the home in the city remain his primary residence and therefore his legal residence if claims the homestead exemption if he doesn't sell the house and rents or buys outside city limits?

"Actually, Lance, hiding (or attempting to hide) over $150,000 in campaign contributions IS new, at least around here. It is 2 orders of magnitude less than anything we've ever seen in Fort Wayne. Maybe we're pikers, but it is simply NOT part of our political culture that such contributions are hidden (or attempted to be hidden)."

Yeah, I hear you - I was talking more as a cynic on politics in general, not specifically FW. And a related question - what the heck is a piker?

Gary,
He can move, but he has to show "intent" about the move; in other words he would have to at least give the appearance of it being permanent or it would not apply to being removed the ballot.

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