Barry Rubin, Executive Director of the Nebraska Democratic Party — he formerly of the losing Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (yes, THAT Kennedy clan) for Governor campaign in Maryland — has turned into the lead dirty trickster for Nelson. And at each turn, the Nelson camp washes its hands of the matter, and says, “Not us! That’s from the party!”
The student-council-campaign-esque Dr. Seuss ad in the OWH and the Hooligans sent to heckle Pete Ricketts at the John C. Fremont Days parade are the latest of Rubin’s dirty tricks.
So when the issue of the Dr. Seuss ad comes up, the OWH goes to Rubin who calls Ricketts’s property tax protest a “crime” (yes, a crime). (County Board denies Ricketts’ property valuation protest – OWH – 7/21/06) (By the way, can we all note that the Omaha World Herald has also contested their valuation?)
When asked to denounce the Hooligans at the parade in Fremont, the Nelson camp claims they “had nothing to do with that,” and then follows up playing the “free speech” card (Hot Senate race sees blistering exchanges – OWH – 7/20/06).
Yet how surprising that “union guys” went to the extent to make a sign, purchase Cat in the Hat lids, and then when confronted directly by Pete Ricketts, reportedly had no idea about the facts behind the issue.
And why did a couple of guys go to all the trouble to draw attention to themselves, buy specialty hats and heckle a candidate at a family parade?
Because that’s East coast, Kennedy-style dirty tricks that Ben Nelson has imported to Nebraska to keep his seat. And that’s what you’re going to get when you take your family to a parade. And that, Nebraska, is the East Coast Democrat attack dog.
And make no mistake about it, Nelson is holding the leash.