Taking a jab, apparently, at Mike Johanns, the 68 year old Raimondo said he will, “fight against the career politicians who unwittingly stifle innovation, economic opportunity and development.” Then agian, maybe he’s attacking Barack and Hillary. We’re just not sure.
(By the way, he’s, surprise!, part of Obamamania. As if Ben would have it any other way…)
On his campaign website, Raimondo2008.com, he states that:
Peoples’ paychecks are eaten up by higher energy costs.
Government has ignored energy independence.
He’s not slick.
Raimondo did not mention, however, his former interest in drilling for oil and gas in restricted coastal waters. High energy costs were hurting his company, so Raimondo lobbied Congress to change the law regarding such drilling. This is a sentiment that would probably fly in a Republican primary, but where will it, along with his other traidtionally Republican positions, sit with his new Democrat constituency?
And along with those quesitons is, Whither the Hot Ranch-Hand (a/k/a Scott Kleeb)?
Raimondo seemed to have been waiting for Kleeb to make his deicsion, and the past implications were that this would not be a contested primary. The latest word was that Kleeb’s recent Washington, D.C. forray was not successful, and that he would not run for Senate. Others have stated they think a contested Senate primary would be valuable to the Nebraska Democrats.
So since Tony’s has pushed his chips into the middle, we wait to see if the cowpoke will finally get out of the outhouse and sit down at the table. Many caucus-goers is waiting to hear…