I put together this chronology of the Kelty campaign as a service to the readers of this site. If any of you are still undecided on who to vote for then please just read this timeline. Also, I'm sure there's a few items I've missed so if you notice something then post it in the comments and I'll add it...
October 10, 2006 - Matt Kelty declares he will run for mayor
January 18 - Kelty outraises Nelson Peters in the first campaign finance reporting period. The majority of his $171k raised comes from a "personal" $148k loan. When asked about this Kelty responds "How can I ask others to support me if I haven’t invested in myself?"
February 7 - Kelty runs a newspaper ad using the Indianapolis Colts trademark without permission
February 22 - Election board chastises Kelty campaign for sending out illegal absentee ballot forms
April 7 - Matt Kelty says 9000 residents were polled in Harrison Square poll - turns out it was only 401.
April 13 - Kelty says he doesn't know who all is involved in the commissioning of the Harrison Square poll but says they aren't directly involved in any campaigns. Of course we later learn that Fred Rost commissioned the poll and then we learn that he also loaned Kelty $148k for his campaign. Most would call that direct involvement.
April 16 - Kelty campaign places illegal sign on downtown building with some in the campaign claiming it was a "banner" and not a sign
April 17 - Kelty unleashes his grand vision for Fort Wayne - the Kelty Dome. He wants to put a glass enclosure over downtown and claims he's producing renderings. No word of who in the private sector will fund such a venture
April 20 - Fred Rost admits he commissioned the Harrison Square poll but doesn't mention Don Willis' role
May 8 - Kelty wins Republican primary
May 14 - Kelty is asked by party members how he could afford to loan his campaign $148k. He attempts to bamboozle them saying "my wife and I live a very frugal lifestyle"
May 24 - Kelty files addendum to campaign finance report to show Rost as the source for the $148k loan
May 31 - Kelty hires Jim Bopp to save the day after receiving heavy scrutiny for his campaign finance report
June 19 - Election board holds a hearing to rule on Kelty's campaign finance reports where they rule in Kelty's favor on a 2-1 party line vote. The hearing is a complete whitewash as the Republicans on the board only ask a single softball question between the two of them.
July 3 - Allen County prosecutor Karen Richards appoints special prosecutor Dan Sigler to take over the Kelty campaign finance investigation. Sigler appoints a grand jury
July 9 - In a Fort Wayne Left exclusive, councilman Sam Talarico becomes the first elected official to bash Kelty
July 13 - Kelty reneges on his plan to cut property taxes by 10%
July 21 - Congressman Mark Souder becomes the only elected official to public endorse Kelty
August 14 - Kelty Indicted on 9 counts including 7 felonies. Two of the seven felony indictments are for perjury related to his grand jury testimony
August 21 - GOP executive committee holds an informal vote and the majority are against Kelty's candidacy
August 23 - Ken Neumeister, president of the executive committee,resigns because he can't support Kelty
August 23 - Shine disbands executive committee
August 23 - Kelty lies to Mark Mellinger when asked whether or not anyone in the GOP asked him to step down. This is such a blatant lie that Mellinger repeats the question 4 times but Kelty doesn't budge.
August 23 - Kelty claims he's just a poor kid from the old Catholic Ghetto. Of course he actually lived in Forest Park which is synonymous with money.
August 23 - Kelty lies about whether or not he knew who was involved in the HS poll in an interview with Mark Mellinger
August 24 - Former GOP Vice Chair Cathy Hawks publicly endorses Tom Henry
September 16 - Kelty bashes mayor Richard for not doing enough to support the FWCS facilities petition drive. Of course Kelty never signed either petition and stayed silent during the entire process; to this day it's unclear where he stands on the issue
September 19 - Kelty hires criminal attorneys to defend him against the 9 charges against him including 7 felonies.
September 27 - Tom Henry holds a Republicans for Henry rally. Kelty says he could've had one 4 times that size with Democrats despite no prominent Democrat voicing support for him.
October 7 - Matt Kelty's birthday cake attacks several local Republicans and shows the divisiveness of the campaign. The pictures only become public after the Kelty campaign posts them on their campaign website.
October 9 - Kelty tells Peters he doesn't know what he's talking about when asked about the cake
October 11 - Congressman Mark Souder bashes Kelty
October 15 - Congressman Souder says he hasn't made up his mind whether or not he'll vote for Kelty
October 16 - Congressman Souder publicly withdraws endorsement of Kelty citing his divisive campaign and points to Dan Turkette's blog, FortWayneNews.com, as an example
October 17 - Tom Henry releases campaign finance report early showing he has raised $730k and has over $300k cash on hand. FWL alerts readers to watch for Kelty's inevitable turn to negative campaigning in light of Henry's strong fundraising
October 18 - AFA runs negative ad against Tom Henry.
October 19 - Kelty campaign reports woeful campaign finance numbers. Henry outraises Kelty 2-1
October 19 - Kelty says he hasn't heard the AFA ad and knows nothing about it
October 20 - GOP Chairman Steve Shine rejects AFA ad in a letter drafted to Kelty
October 21 - Kelty is in default on Rost loan as he has only paid back $30k and not the $100k required by the promissory note.
October 22 - Kelty violates campaign finance laws again by not reporting Turkette's $1000 contribution before the primary. Every single contribution was reported except Turkette's.
October 23 - Councilman John Crawford denounces negative AFA ad and asks Kelty to do the same
October 23 - Kelty says he is only vaguely familiar with the Metro ordinance targeted in the AFA ad despite the fact that a poll he commissioned specifically asked a question about the ordinance
October 24 - Kelty says he still hasn't heard the ad because he doesn't listen to that particular radio station and because nobody has e-mailed it to him. Of course that is a lie as I personally e-mailed him the ad and I know his campaign received it as they contacted me within a couple of hours of receiving my e-mail
October 27 - Senator Lugar endorses Liz Brown for city council but stays silent on Kelty despite their history. Kelty's website touts his political experience working with Lugar and even has a photo of him with Lugar.
November 1 - Kelty releases a poll with all the information execpt the head-to-head results with Tom Henry where he was likely getting creamed