Endorse Scott Kleeb.
However, Leavenworth Street has received word that Carter does NOT plan to endorse anyone in the Senate race.
Apparently Richard Carter’s plan of not raising money, not having an ad campaign and being a complete unknown suits him just fine.
Even after Carter got some nice free press out of the Jim Esch’s website plagiarism, he failed to close the deal by taking any hard shots. Lucky for him, Lee Terry’s manager, David Boomer leveled a swift blow to Esch (“If Mr. Esch was still in law school, he would have been kicked out”).
Here’s the thing: Carter has no prayer against Esch unless something major happens. That’s not going to occur all on its own. Carter may as well hitch his campaign to SOMEONE else’s if he hopes to win. Frankly, that’s what Esch has decided to do. (Of course, Esch’s is an interesting, if not foolhardy, plan.)
But Carter doesn’t need to beat Lee Terry right now. He needs to beat Jim Esch. And playing it safe ain’t gonna get him there.
Carter’s campaign will tell you he had the bravery to fly missions over Iraq and Afghanistan.
But does his campaign have the guts to go for it all?
Esch stated that it was Raimondo who came to him with the endorsement idea. An aggressive move by Tony, and frankly it only benefits him. Of course, why he would think that Esch will help him with Omaha Democrats is beyond us. But the stunt does get him some free media for the day, so he has that going for him.
Our favorite though was Kleeb’s response to Joe Jordan:
“We are going to be the best person to beat Mike Johanns.”
Is Scott from some sort of royal family?
Does he talk like that at home?
“Jane! We are hungry! Food, pronto!”
(see the video link of Esch and Raimondo at the top of Joe Jordan’s page)
If you’re really hankering for info on Esch and Carter, you can take a listen to their “debate” from the Tom Becka show on KFAB earlier this week.
The forum could actually have been worse, as Becka does a decent job of hammering them both and letting them both explain their positions.
We have to say that Carter’s lines about not taking PAC money from “corrupt big businesses” like…insurance companies, made us cringe. Way to know your district. Who are you going to attack next Rich? Con Agra, Creighton and Mom?
Of course, Esch gave his standard platitudes of everything that was wrong with Washington and that he would only vote for good things and not bad things.
For instance, he is against, “bridges to nowhere”. Now he was, we’re sure, referring to the Alaskan bridges. But we on Leavenworth Street would ask Jim to simply take a walk to Heartland of America Park to view a homegrown bridge to noooooooooo-freakin’-where.