From the day the primary ended, the Kelty campaign has been full of mishaps and bad decisions. For whatever reason, they have been completely ineffective at controlling their candidate and his supporters. From their terrible response to the campaign finance issue led by Jim Bopp to this latest cake blowup, Kelty supporters and insiders have done a disservice to their candidate. Every candidate has flaws and it's the job of the campaign staff to accentuate the positive characteristics of the candidate while minimizing the exposure of his flaws. Can anyone think of another campaign that has failed in such miserable fashion?
People that have known Matt for a long time have told me that they are not necessarily surprised by his slight honesty/exaggeration problem so this shouldn't have been news to his campaign either. Yet day in and day out their candidate trots out in front of the microphone and spits out fodder for people like me. A good campaign staff does not allow that to happen. Of course every campaign will make mistakes and sometimes even one can sink you (i.e. George Allen's macaca moment), but to repeatedly be on the negative side of the news cycle is inexcusable.
And his supporters have done things that also make you wonder what they hell they were thinking? The night Kelty was arrested there was a courthouse rally where his supporters were chanting "Steve Shine Should Resign - Shame On You" despite the fact that Shine was the only political insider defending Kelty on a daily basis. Then they plaster Congressman Souder's face on the toilet paper of Kelty's cake when he's the only elected official supporting Kelty. And then you post pictures of it on the internet!?!
Tom Henry's choice for campaign manager, Joe Fox, has done an excellent job and has made the right decisions nearly every step of the way. Kelty can call it the status quo, the good ol' boys or whatever he wants but the truth is while there might not be a "right" way to run a campaign there damn sure is a wrong way, and it's likely that the Kelty campaign will be a textbook case...