The Howey Report suggest that John Waterman - actually the John Price religious right machine - may not get the 33,000 authenticated signatures they need to make the ballot. First it will take 40,000 to make sure they all count, and then the churches that make up this movement are frankly tougher to align. I know in Porter County Fairhaven Baptist, which was in lockstep in years past, is much more happy with Mitch Daniels.
State Sen. John Waterman is indicating to associates that he does not know if he can submit 33,000 authenticated signatures by Monday to qualify his Taxpayer Party gubernatorial ticket on the November ballot. The informed and reliable source who talked with Waterman earlier this week said that Waterman and his running mate, Glenna Jehl of Fort Wayne, are relying on a network of churches to attain the signatures. The source suggested that Waterman might need more than 40,000 actual signatures in order to cross the 33,000 authenticated signature threshold. The source suggested the odds of doing that "are less than 50 percent."
It's my humble opinion that the far right church movement has peaked. They may still be mad that they didn't get Eric Miller elected four years ago, but Mitch Daniels has done such a great job in Indiana that they are having to stretch to take shots at him. I would expect Micah Clark and Eric Miller and other strong religious right leaders to get as much space as possible from John Waterman and John Price. Or maybe Price will toss Waterman under the bus?
Price's one knock on the Governor is that he signed an affirmative action policy for hiring state employees that could conceivably allow a cross dresser to get hired. Whatever ... that's lame litmus testing.