“Main Street Nebraska versus Wall Street” is how Earl Ben Nelson characterized the U.S. Senate race the day after the election. Heck the LJS even used Nelson’s line as their headline (In Nelson-Ricketts race, it’s ‘Main Street vs. Wall Street’ – LJS- 5/9/06).
But now it’s published what we already knew: Fieldcrest Drive is a long way from Main Street. That’s right, ol’ humble Benny from McCook is actually a multi-millionaire ($18.7 million, give or take a few hundred thousand) – the richest in the entire Nebraska-Iowa Congressional delegation. (Nelson still wealthiest Midlands lawmaker – OWH – 6/13/06.)
And what’s wrong with that? Nothing.
Except Earl harped on it from Day 1 that Pete Ricketts should be disqualified because he’s a millionaire. At least Ricketts isn’t running away from his money – he’s been pushing his business experience all along.
So let’s characterize this race as it really is:
Regency vs. Fairacres.
Who ya got???
A reader pointed out that we inverted the 1 and 8 in Earl’s reported wealth numbers above. It should be 18 and not 81. (Though we wouldn’t be surprised if it was 81 before taxes.) We’ve changed that above and we thank our frequent readers for pointing out typos.