You only get one shot at a first impression, right?
Well, if that is the case, Nebraska 2nd District Congressman-elect Brad Ashford started out looking unorganized at best and probably flaky at worst at the gathering of Freshman Congresspersons to choose their new House Office Building Congressional offices. In any case, it isn’t as one would have hoped to be portrayed on the first move at the Congressional orientation.
Ashford is already running in circles trying to explain the whole matter. A mini-shock went around the room of the gathered frosh and their staff as Ashford was a no-show at the office picking meeting. (An Arkansas reporter Tweeted, “New members abuzz“.)
Ashford HAD been there earlier when he picked #11 out of 57 for the choice on offices. But after the break to view the potential digs, Ashford, and apparently his staffers, were not present when #11 was called and time ran out.
So the OWH’s JoeMorton tweeted that Ashford said, “Oh I don’t care if I end up on the 5th floor with no elevator access! I’ll get more exercise (har har har).” Well, except that Morton later reported that Ashford’s staffer DID show up, albeit late, and asked to pick, before being told they had been relegated to #57, after missing.
We noted yesterday that the Cannon 5th floor offices are notorious for being tiny, having almost no meeting space, and being a bit disheveled across from storage “cages”.
And then Ashford ended up getting a 1st floor office.
Well, so much for that “extra exercise” Ashford wanted. And we can only imagine what those 1st floor digs are like if they come in behind the 5th floor “Freshman dorm”.
Yet, many will declare — and by “many”, we mean “many Ashford supporters” — that none of this means anything. Who caaaaares where your office is? (Well, if Ashford really didn’t care, why did he show up in the picking process in the first place?)
But Ashford keeps talking about all of those 50 buddies he is going to make, and even as a Frosh in the minority, how he is going to move some mountains in the new Congress.
Which is fine. Except a move like that, in front of ALL of your new colleagues, right after Roll Call listed you as a possible one-and-doner, doesn’t exactly instill more confidence from all those new pals of yours.
And this just in.
We are told that on their way back to Eppley Airfield, Congressman Lee Terry and Congressman-elect Brad Ashford were on the same flight.
Except that while Terry is flying Coach, the new watchman of the purse-string for the 2nd District…
First Class, baby.
(Wonder if he’ll go with the prime rib or the wasabi encrusted salmon?)
(And our MAIN question: What color is that sweater? Orange? Salmon? Persimmon? Help us out here.)
And hey about that Roll Call story…
They went ahead and listed those THEY think are possible contenders in a 2016 GOP Primary.
- Former Omaha City Councilman Dan Welch, who lost a bid for mayor of Omaha in 2013.
- Current Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, the first woman elected to that office.
- Attorney Bryan Slone, who lost a bid for governor in the Cornhusker State.
- State Sen. Beau McCoy, who also ran an unsuccessful bid for governor in Nebraska.
- Omaha City Councilwoman Aimee Melton.
- Chip Maxwell, a tea party Republican who toyed with an independent bid in 2014, already announced his intention to run.
All of whom we mentioned right after the election as well.
And we noted, just a little wryly, that we were aware that some of those individuals really have no intention of running.
We felt that way about Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert — though we included her anyway as the 500 lb Gorilla who would arguably have right of first refusal. She confirmed very soon after that she does not have any interest in the gig. We get it.
We tossed in Mike Kennedy’s name as well, but he has assured us that he is not into it.
But all those above from Roll Call?
Sure, why not?
A few that we think — and hear — are taking a very hard look at it (beyond those who have already announced):
- Bryan Slone
- Shane Osborn (though not for certain)
- Dan Welch
- John Murante
Which isn’t to say that the others we listed AREN’T interested, but we hear things off and on, and are sharing with you.
The list will be changing and flexing and receding and who knows what it will look like in 6 or 8 months.
But in a coming election year, when there are no statewide races, this one will likely slurp up most of the political oxygen.
President Obama said numerous times that it would be outside of his Constitutional powers to enact Immigration Reform. So we are only slightly surprised that he is going to announce that he is circumnavigating Congress to push something through that is arguably against the will of the people.
But of course, that never stopped him before. Remember all of the Republicans he got to go with him on the unpopular ObamaCare initiative?
No? Oh, yeah, the number was zero.
So what a giant surprise to learn, as we noted on the Twitter the other day, that ObamaCare premiums are going up across the country. Deena Winter at Watchdog put together a nice piece explaining how Nebraska rates are going up (oh, unless you want to more than double your deductible to $5,000).
The NYT put together an interactive map showing just how much, on average, ObamaCare rates will be rising across the country. (Click to engage.)
And the USAToday did an investigative piece about how OabamaCare is the cause for many rural hospitals closing, and patients (in the Georgia example they give) having to drive 40 miles to the nearest hospital.
Expect to hear more and more of this in the coming months.
And be on the look-out for more answers to these questions — as opposed to just the questions.
Things will get a little topsy turvy.
And that ain’t a bad thing.