By far, the most popular post I have made has been the Ft. Wayne Mayors Race. Maybe I pushed a few buttons. It is so interesting to me because of all that it represents. It is bigger than an election for Mayor, and it is bigger than Ft. Wayne.
I am most disturbed by what it reveals about our political process. It shows how fragile the process is. Make a mistake with election law, or even leave enough room someone can claim you made a mistake, and you get called a criminal. It doesn’t matter how much good faith you brought to the table, or how much your supporters want you elected.
Is it fair that one candidate is so damaged going into the general election? Who is harmed? Matt Kelty is harmed. The city of Ft. Wayne is harmed. The voter is harmed. The process is harmed. America is harmed.
I remember when I was a kid and my teachers would talk about our democracy. They would say that anyone can run for office. What they didn’t say was that you better have a lawyer. I am sure that the lawyers like to be needed. I am not sure our founders wanted the process to be so restrictive. Of the people, by the people, and for the people probably should read of the people with lawyers, by the lawyers, and for the people with lawyers.
Why didn’t someone from the GOP come to Kelty’s defense? It would have been real easy to do, and it happens all the time. Didn’t the democratic party stick by Bill Clinton? Slick campaign tricks are as old as our democracy. Nasty ugly acts are often legal, and seemingly benign acts are sometimes illegal. The lesson here is simple. If you don’t like the results of an election, even if the election board says everything was fine, swear out a criminal complaint. Do so in a place where the prosecutor has a conflict so it can be handed off to an ambitious special prosecutor. Let the media do the rest.
Who runs Ft. Wayne for the next 4 years doesn’t matter to me. Voters having a choice matters to me. Fair elections matter to me. This election has not been fair, and the voters have been ripped off by state election law.