|Senator Jim Merritt|
Merritt did tell Mary Milz of WTHR that he plans to run for Governor of Indiana someday in the future whenever the job is open. It was a candid admission from a very keen politician. We'll save that campaign talk for another day.
So, it's back to square one for Mr. Kyle Walker. Milz said that she had talked to former City-County Councillor Scott Keller who said he could bring $4 million to the table for a run if he was guaranteed a clear path to the nomination. I think that's more of a shot across Walker's bow than anything. Keller was abandoned by the GOP years ago after he sided with the Democrats in the non-discrimination policy and police merger battles. Without any party support to back Keller, Brian Mahern easily defeated him when he ran for reelection to the Council in 2007. It remains to be seen what will happen there.
The best offer on the table for Walker would be to join up with Reverend Charles Harrison and try to make him the Republican nominee for Mayor. Still a longshot, Harrison might be the best chance Republicans have to hold the office. Harrison still has not declared a party.
The danger here is for Democratic frontrunner and election frontrunner Joe Hogsett to fight the air of inevitability. If I know Joe, he'll continue to campaign like he's 20 points behind in the polls because it's something he truly loves to do. He loves to talk to people, shake hands, listen to problems, and fight for votes.
We'll see, however, if Walker could pull a rabbit or two out of his rapidly shrinking hat of candidates. The best choice may be Governor Mitch Daniels' sister and former U.S. Attorney Deborah Daniels. No question she could raise money and having that last name provides her with plenty of name recognition as well. She hasn't been bandied about as a candidate thus far, but it will be interesting to see if she might pop up at the last minute.