Andersen then proposed that Hagel resign from the Republican Party to run for President or re-election to the Senate as an “I”:
After all, how does a public office- holder justify continued membership in a party that he described on a national television program earlier this month as having been “hijacked by a group of single-minded, almost isolationist insulationists, power- projectors.”
Andersen also took a shot at Hagel’s recent fundraiser, name-droppingly implying that it wasn’t a show of support for Hagel at all:
I would say the turnout — and the contributions — were to some extent a tribute to the impressive principal sponsors of the fundraising event, including Ann and Ken Stinson, chairman of Peter Kiewit Sons’ Inc., investment banker Mike McCarthy and wife Nancy and Gov. Dave Heineman and wife Sally Ganem.
Andersen finished his column by discussing how he and his wife name their dogs.
In today’s OWH Midlands section, new columnist Robert Nelson (which you also gotta pay to read) takes the opportunity to belatedly dump on Hal Daub’s old idea to flood Ashland and create a giant recreational lake.
Nelson attempts to segue into this topic by pointing out that he’s was born in a small town, raised in a small town, used to daydream in that small town…well, you get the picture… and that small town Nebraska people hate Omaha. Except that they like to go there. And for Nelson, Daub’s idea epitomizes they way Omahans think of small-town Nebraskans: They just don’t care about/respect us!
In the past, statewide political hopefuls with mainly Omaha credentials have tried to wear a cowboy hat, or a seed cap, or give some crazy new subsidy to farmers, in their attempt to be Nebraskan.
Their “attempt”? Hey Robert, we’ve got a news-flash for you: Maybe while you lived in Phoenix you forgot this, but OMAHA IS IN NEBRASKA. Now go pay your wheel-tax already!
And just for the record Robert, we thought the lake idea was kinda cool…
Carlos Castillo, who managed Governor Dave Heineman’s 2006 upset victory over the beloved Tom Osborne, will be recognized by Campaigns and Elections Magazine as a “2007 Rising Star” in its May 31st edition. The mag, which lists ten Democrats, ten Republicans and five nonpartisan politicos, had this to say about Castillo:
In the 2006 Republican primary, he led Heineman from a 40-point deficit to victory over Nebraska legend Tom Osborne. He has managed two successful re-election campaigns for Rep. Lee Terry and developed a successful strategy to elect a Republican majority on the Omaha City Council. In 2003, then-Gov. Mike Johanns appointed Castillo as the Douglas County Election Commissioner, making him the youngest election commissioner in the country.
In December, Castillo was appointed by Heineman as Director of the Nebraska Department of Administrative Services