Shine said it wasn’t the party’s role to question legitimate candidates about their campaigns during a primary because it could be construed as the party taking a side in the race.
Give me a break. Is he insinuating that the party didn't take Peters' side in the primary? I don't think there's a single voter that believes that. Regardless, why wouldn't the party provide guidance to ALL their candidates so everything is above board? I'll tell you why they didn't, because they've had SO MANY ethical lapses lately that they simply hoped that Nelson Peters would win and the issue would go away.
Only now, after an unwanted Kelty victory, are they coming out to "help" Kelty make sure everything he does is transparent. What's really transparent is that some within the Republican party are attempting to sell Matt Kelty down the river. If they can stir up enough controversy then perhaps they can get him to step down before the July 15 deadline required by election law (IC 3-8-7-28). If so, then a caucus of precinct committeemen get to fill the vacancy - who do you think they would pick?
In my opinion it's quite unprecedented for members of a political party to try and sabotage their own nominee's campaign. I guess they can't get over the fact that voters in this community wanted the party to go in a different direction. Matt Kelty should accept the will of the voters and reject these underhanded attempts by those in his own party hoping to force his withdrawal...