“Hot Rancher” and potential U.S. Senate candidate, Scott Kleeb
(Whose pants are tighter?)
Back in April, Leavenworth Street pointed out the dilemma faced by Nebraska Democrats for the 2008 U.S. Senate race. Namely, that Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey and now former Senator Bob Kerrey have both said that if Chuck Hagel decides to run for re-election that they will NOT run for seat. (And, btw, Don Walton has suggested that Hagel could be announcing his decision on July 3rd…)
So the dilemma for the Dems comes in the fact that Attorney General Jon Bruning’s polling shows that he could beat Hagel in the GOP primary — but Dems figure that they could beat Bruning with either Kerrey or Fahey, but neither would be in the race at that point. What to do?
Enter “The Hot Rancher”, Scott Kleeb! Kleeb, who got whacked by now Representative Adrian Smith by ten percentage points in 2006, has adjusted his campaign web site and is actively raising money to…“continue and expand our campaign”.
When asked by the LJS’s Don Walton whether that means a run for Senate if Kerrey or Fahey don’t get in, Kleeb responded, “I’d definitely consider it, for sure.” (Kleeb emerges as Senate prospect – LJS – 6/27/07.)
Feel free to just focus on the “for sure” part.
In his fundraising site, which asks for you to donate to his “expanded campaign” FOUR times on the single page (nice copy there, Jane Fleming), Kleeb brags about his new life in Nebraska: selling beef overseas (out of the back of a truck?); pushing ethanol or solar panels or something; and teaching history at Hastings College in the fall. Just a thought, but Hastings College may want to look into a substitute for that class.
Now the kicker on his little letter (and one that gets us riled up here on Leavenworth Street), obviously to get the juices flowing in all those true-blue Dems, is his inclusion of the issue of a recorded Kleeb campaign message sent by robo-call just before the election, calling it a “dirty trick”. Now keep in mind that the calls just replayed a Kleeb campaign call. But of course, Kleeb uses a New York Times article that stated the calls, “distorted Mr. Kleeb’s views”. Come again? And of course NO ONE has said that they decided not to vote for Kleeb based on those calls, whomever they came from.
Here’s the thing: Kleeb lost by 10%. – over 19,000 votes. Now, Kleeb would like you to believe, first of all, that the above mentioned “dirty trick” made over 19,000 people who WERE going to vote for Kleeb, not vote for him. Uh huh. Well, we’ll go ahead and realistically put the over/under on that number more like…six. And we’d guess even they weren’t really going to vote that day anyway. So, again Scott and Jane and all the rest of the Dems out there who are convinced that the election was just soooooo close: you got clobbered, by Adrian Smith, plain and simple.
So can Scott Kleeb, sexy ranch-hand, one time loser, newly married, beat a Jon Bruning, who has won statewide twice, and in this theory just beat a sitting U.S. Senator? From Kleeb’s perspective, sure, why not. What else has he got to do? Sell beef to India?
Rock on brother. Rock on…
(Oh, and we’ve added him to the Hagel Countdown bunch, above right. Tick, tick, tick…)