|Rev. Charles Harrison|
But the story gets mighty peculiar from there.
If Harrison is going to run, today is the deadline to declare his candidacy and then he would have until July 10 to pull out of the race.
Here's the bizarre thing. It's unclear as to whether Harrison or anyone connected to him is actually behind the effort to get him on the ballot. That's because a source tells Indy Democrat that someone hired Star Petition Group to help gather the signatures get Harrison on the ballot.
Star Petition Group pays individuals to go out and collect signatures for political or issue-oriented campaigns. A simple Google search of this organization also shows that they are typically affiliated with Republican Party politics. Some others don't speak highly of the company or its tactics. To me, this smacks of someone that wants Harrison to run awfully bad and has hired out all the legwork. A former State Representative, for example, tells me that there have been Harrison signature collectors outside Walmart on Lafayette Road for a couple of weeks. It appears everything has intensified lately.
It's possible that this is part of some master plan to get the Reverend on the ballot, but I think it is what it is...a last ditch effort to get him to run. It's a last ditch effort to upset the applecart and change the race in some way.
Fit me for a tinfoil hat, but I think this kind of thing has Kyle Walker written all over it.
Incidentally, Reverend Harrison closed out his exploratory campaign committee in April. He had raised just $50 at the time his committee was disbanded. We should know more by the end of the day what is plans are. It's anyone's guess how he will respond to this effort in his name.
Abdul-Hakim Shabazz reports that there were around 7,000 signatures filed on behalf or Rev. Harrison who now has until July 15 to accept or decline and file necessary paperwork. That's assuming that enough of the 7K signatures are valid.