When Tony met with Ben Nelson, Nelson began to convince Tony to become a Democrat. Ben helped to convince Tony that if he got in the race as a Dem, all other candidates, including Scott Kleeb would likley clear out. And further, if by chance Kleeb did get in, Tony would have Ben’s full support (and endorsement).
Well, that’s the way Tony felt anyway.
But as soon as it became clear that Kleeb would be entering the race to challenge Raimondo for the Democrat nomination, E. Ben Nelson announced that he would not be endorsing any candidate in the primary. Sorry Tony, no golden-nod for you.
So after all this Tony, reportedly, is LIVID that Ben has left him out to dry.
We’re told that Ben has responded to his “good friend” that he would be attacking Mike Johanns whole-heartedly and, why, that is just as good as an endorsement for old Tony (back-slap, back-slap).
But why would Nelson step up and expend any political capital for Raimondo?
It’s not as if he has any record of doing so in the past.
He beat Pete Ricketts by a gajillion percent in his last campaign, yet the best he could do for the 2006 Kleeb congressional campaign was a lame 11th hour “endorsement” of his fellow Democrat. There was no coordination with the 2nd District Jim Esch campaign. If he made any effort with Maxine Moul in the 1st we certainly didn’t see it. The state Democrats are still arguing about this.
So everyone — especially Tony — should know that Ben is in it for one person and one person only: Ben.
Sorry Tony. But feel free to come and shoot some turkeys after you’re done in May.