(We’ll also put aside for now the fact that Kleeb has been running for office non-stop since 2005.)
(And we’ll put aside that Raimondo’s mouthpiece, Dem strategist Eric Fought, has apparently decided not to fight back too strongly — lest he upset his fellow Dems?)
So Scott Kleeb is slamming Raimondo because Kleeb says he has more “grass roots”.
So here’s a quick question : Where do Kleeb’s roots grow from?
For the past few weeks we’ve been lectured by Kleeb (raised in Italy, educated in Colorado and Connecticut, and a recent Nebraskan) about what “Nebraska values” are. So, like we asked back in 2006, who is supporting Kleeb?
Well, according to his FEC reports, a majority of the cash that he has raised has come from OUTSIDE Nebraska.
55% of the $234,032 attributed to individuals in his report come from places without an “NE” at the end.
And that’s not counting the amounts that Kleeb has collected via such sites as ActBlue where low-contribution donors don’t have to be identified. This is a favorite method of the Daily Kos types around the country, who have a running love-affair with Kleeb.
So while Raimondo may have had to reach into his own pocket to get attention during this short primary season, his campaign should also point out the cash supporting Kleeb on Primary Day.
And you’ll find that more than half of the money doesn’t come from those who wear Husker-red on game-day Saturdays…
The OWH came out with their endorsements for the Congressional races on Sunday. After their surprise pick of Kleeb over now-Congressman Adrian Smith in 2006, this year they’ve picked Raimondo over Kleeb for the Dem Senate nom.
The interesting part isn’t about Raimondo — businessman, buds with Ben Nelson, etc. — but that they completely ignored Kleeb this time around. Nary a mention of his name.
You may remember that in 2006 the OWH’s endorsement of Kleeb included gratuitous shots at Smith. But this time, they’re silent on the Cowpoke. How fair of them.
The OWH also endorsed Jim Esch, apparently over Rich Carter, but you wouldn’t know, because as in the Dem Senate race, they failed to even mention Carter’s name. So why did the OWH choose Esch over the seemingly just as competent, if not more educated and informed Carter?
Well, as they said it:
“He packages a message of moderation around a smartly designed campaign strategy.”
So there you go 2nd District voters. Esch is the OWH’s pick because he makes a better bus-bench.
Hope you’re all more informed voters now.