Remember that "It blows up REAL good" running gag on SCTV? Add the Allen County Republican Party to the list of things with that attribute. County Recorder John McGauley, after a meeting of the party's executive committee Monday:
"I told them the party has got to stand for certain principles, including honesty and integrity . . . But Kelty lied to us, he lied to the public and, apparently, he lied to the grand jury. We can run against (Democratic mayoral candidate) Tom Henry again in four years, but we can't if we give up the core things we stand for . . ."
But what happens in those executive committee meetings is supposed to be secret, so GOP Chairman Steve Shine is not too happy with McGauley:
“Anyone who said anything (about what happened in the meeting) should be man or woman enough to resign,” Shine said. “It's a complete betrayal, as serious as the (Kelty) issues they're speaking about. Shame on them.”
There was a split between the party's conservatives and moderates over Kelty's nomination in the first place. Did anybody really think there would be party unity after Kelty picked up a nine-count indictment over his campaign finances?