Thursday, August 30, 2007
Clark Stumps For Indicted Kelty; Ignores Ballard
In a move likely to draw more attention to his lack of support for the campaign of Indianapolis GOP mayoral candidate Greg Ballard, state GOP chairman Murray Clark visited Fort Wayne to drum up support for indicted mayoral candidate Matt Kelty. "The State’s GOP Chairman acknowledges the nine-indictments Kelty faces do not help his quest to be mayor," reports Indiana Newscenter. "But the Chairman contends Kelty’s a fierce campaigner, and the party anticipates a win in November." He tells local reporters Kelty's recent 9-county indictment is a mere "bump in the road."
Meanwhile, local Indianapolis Republicans complain that Clark and the state party aren't lifting a finger to help Greg Ballard's candidacy against Mayor Bart Peterson. Most observers agree that both the Fort Wayne and Evansville mayoral races are lost causes for the GOP this year. Polls show the race in Indianapolis, the state's largest city, is winnable for Ballard. So why won't Clark help Ballard? Is it because his law firm has a vested interest in Peterson's re-election. Or is it because Clark wants the seat to remain in Democratic hands until he's ready to make the run himself? Take your pick. Critics are offering both explanations.