Thursday, July 2, 2015

Run Rev Run May Create Headache for Fledgling Harrison Campaign

Rev. Charles Harrison
Abdul-Hakim Shabazz reports on Facebook that Reverend Charles Harrison's supporters are just a few hundred signatures from getting him on the ballot.

It's unclear if he means that the work is continuing to verify signatures or if they ended up a few short.  It certainly has made an otherwise quiet time in the Mayor's race interesting.

As an independent candidate, Harrison's supporters needed to gather a little over 3,000 signatures to get him on the ballot by noon on June 30.  They could not just be signatures of anyone, but they had to be signatures of registered voters in Marion County.  That means if someone registered in Johnson County could not legally be counted as a signature.

I reported Tuesday through a source that Star Petition Group had been hired by someone to gather signatures for Harrison and that it's unclear who is paying the bill.

If Harrison becomes an official candidate for Mayor of Indianapolis, all of this mystery will have to stop.  It will have to become clear who footed the bill and who has backed the effort to draft Harrison.  At forums and debates, he won't be able to simply get out of the question or duck it.  He will have to answer.

If it is successful, the way the folks surrounding the Run Rev Run movement have handled the gathering of support for Rev. Harrison may have dealt his campaign its first controversy it must work through.  In politics, it's very unusual for a campaign to just show up on third base.  You have to work at it...gather support, raise money, and it's not easy.

1 comment:

Paul K. Ogden said...

The Board of Voter Registration confirms petition signatures so I'm not getting the Abdul comment unless it's an old comment relating to the collection of signatures not their verification.