A recent online poll went up on Omaha KETV Channel 7’s site, asking if Fahey should be recalled. As of 12:45 pm on Tuesday, March 11th, 485 people had clicked and the votes were 62%-38% in favor of the recall .
Now we don’t want to get to absorbed in an online poll, which can easily be skewed one way or another. But still…that’s a decent sample size, and couple that with the recent New Stadium hearings Fahey has been holding and you start to wonder.
Not to mention that the most recent hearing was held at Westside High School (as opposed to, say, South High School), and the 600 people that showed up there were more than a little peeved.
Now obviously most of this is based on replacing Rosenblatt. But unless we’re missing something, we have a feeling that the new stadium IS going to happen. They’re not going to renovate Rosenblatt. They are going to build it downtown. And Omaha will stave off the NCAA’s Indianapolis crowd for twenty years, or so.
Frankly if we were living in the shadow of Zesto’s, we’d be pushing for ways to make the Zoo expansion happen, not to mention the “Wolf Lodge” ideas. Near as we can tell, both of those operate 52 weeks a year, as opposed to just the 2 for the CWS.
And that’s probably what Fahey is hoping as well. But there’s also a sentiment that Fahey has gone about it all wrong.
- That these public meetings should have happened about six or seven month ago.
- That Fahey has a track record of jamming things down the public’s throat (see the annexation of Elkhorn and the dinky hotel across from the Qwest).
- That luxuries have been put ahead of necessities (see the pedestrian bridge and the north O sewers).
So while we think much of this is simply a shift from “Save Rosenblatt!” to “Recall Fahey!”, we also wonder about the undercurrent. Can the Recall! folks gather up 21K signatures in 30 days? Yikes. But…maybe.
And if that happens, will the idea of a shiny new ballpark save Fahey, or sink him?
Well, we know that if it doesn’t work this time around, all we have to do is wait another 12 months…