(We’re only going to discuss the House races today. We may get into the legislature, county and other races at another time, but not today. So please save your thought on how “Szerbiwicz is going to kick-ass in District 174” for a later date.)
In the 1st Congressional District Jeff Fortenberry and Max Yashirin will coast through their primaries. We would suggest that Max not spend too much time measuring drapes for his new Congressional office. Just a thought.
Back to the 2nd District, Lee Terry picked up a primary challenge in perennial candidate Steven Laird. Laird garnered around 16% of the vote in 2006. And he’s a step up on many of the other announced candidates in that he has a website up and running. He has a lovely wife and is in favor of “starting a garden”.
As was expected Rich Carter and Jim Esch will be competing for the Democrat nomination in the 2nd. Esch still doesn’t have his $40,000 website updated yet, though we’re sure when it is up, it’ll involve 3-D holograms and virtual Obama rallies. It’s interesting to see that on some of the Dem blogs, there are suggestions that Dems are not happy that Esch jumped in at the last minute after Carter made the effort to get in the race.
We’d also note that while Esch’s work background is regularly questioned, Carter is now going on blogs and such declaring that he is an “Economist”. He does apparently teach Econ 101 at Metro, but we weren’t aware that teaching a course gives you that moniker. We would venture that one needs to be employed as such to declare that you are that. I.e., just because you teach Math, that doesn’t make you a “Mathematician”. Or just because you were a “Ranch-hand” that doesn’t make you a “Rancher”. (Oh wait, have we been down this path before?)
And things picked up fairly quickly in the 3rd. As of yesterday, Adrian Smith was standing alone in the massive district. Now he has a primary challenger and there are a couple of Dems who also plunked down their $1,600 filing fee to get their names on the ballot.
First there’s Adrian’s GOP opponent, Jeremiah Ellison.
Never heard of him? Well, that’s why God and Al Gore invented Google.
It would seem that Mr. Ellison is 28 or 29 years old and is a computer programmer for JC Doyle Ltd in Grand Island.
But the main thing that Mr. Ellison is, is a RON PAUL FANATIC.
Mr. Ellison really, realllllly, REALLLLY digs Ron Paul. The FEC shows that he gave $2,242, nearly the max allowed, to the Ron Paul Presidential campaign. Not exactly chicken-feed.
He generally posts either under his name or under the screen name “enjerth” and has been very punctual in posting on forums after Paul appeared in various GOP Presidential debates. You can find his work on MSNBC, the LA Times and on the main Ron Paul forums.
It’s not clear if he has adopted all of Ron Paul’s positions, but one post indicates that he may be in favor of eliminating:
The Department of Education
The Department of Energy
The Department of Homeland Security
The CIA and
The Patriot Act.
A full plate for a freshman Representative, no?
And then on the Democrat side of the 3rd, a couple of party-stalwarts are involved.
First is Jay Stoddard, also of Grand Island. You may (or may not) remember Stoddard as Secretary of State John Gale’s 2006 general election opponent. Stoddard received around 33% to Gale’s 61% in the general.
There are some interesting non-Congressional races out there as well, and we’ll try to get to them all in due time. IF you’re really champing at the bit to throw out an issue or a website or whatever, send us an email with the subject line “Candidate” and we’ll see if we can address them later.
Rock and roll everyone! Start your yappin’!