That’s right, the same financial disclosure report that was noted in the OWH back on June 1st, over two weeks ago.
So, from today’s OWH, here is the sequence of events for why this candidate for the United States House of Representatives, who is running for his SECOND time, keeps screwing up.
Esch said he did not receive the paperwork from the clerk of the U.S. House until after the May 15 deadline for submitting it. He said he is completing the report now.
A spokesman for the clerk of the House said Esch was not initially notified that he needed to file the report because he was not included on lists from the Federal Election Commission of candidates who need to file.
The reason for that, according to an FEC spokesman, was that Esch made two mistakes on his initial “Statement of Candidacy.” He omitted the election year in which he was seeking office and the congressional district in which he was running.
The FEC sent a letter notifying Esch of the mistakes, but campaign finance director Mary Barrett said the letter went to the wrong address.
After being notified by a reporter of the situation, Esch filed an amended statement May 19 and received the disclosure paperwork.
Ladies and gentlemen, your Democrat nominee for Congress!
Here are a few of our favorite quotes from “The Mike Fahey Screwup” (we’re taking suggestions for other names of this event).
“MECA is one of our more prestigious boards, and there are many qualified and deserving people in our community.”
-Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey
“David Sokol has been a tremendous chair. I personally don’t know of anyone better than David Sokol to run the MECA board… The damage has been done. I think this is going to reflect negatively on the mayor and our city.”
-Terry Moore, Pres. Omaha Federation of Labor and MECA Board member
“David is a very good friend of the NCAA. We turned to him for a lot of advice and guidance in this stadium process. We were very concerned when this happened. We were very concerned about the timing, too, where it would take away from the baseball being played on the field.’’
-NCAA’s Dennis Poppe
“Unbelievably bad timing.”
– CWS, Inc.’s Jack Diesing, Jr.
“Fahey and the guy who actually runs Omaha, his chief of staff, Paul Landow, felt like they took a pretty good beating from Sokol over the last year. They simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity to even the score.”
– OWH columnist Robert Nelson
“Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey’s bumbling power play against David Sokol is an embarrassment in all regards….The mayor’s effort was an act of shameless opportunism. It fully deserves the scorn heaped on it.”
– OWH Editorial page
“Fahey’s act of booting Sokol from MECA for not being a registered voter here was dirty pool. (And releasing it after the new NCAA contract was signed? Interesting.) This was about the mayor wiping out an adversary.”
-OWH’s Tom Shatel
“I would have backed Sokol regardless.”
– City Councilman Franklin Thompson
“This is petty politics. I really can’t believe it. And I’m disappointed in the mayor.”
– MECA Board member David Kramer
“I can’t think of anyone who has done more to progress the modern city we have than David Sokol.”
-Former Omaha Mayor Hal Daub
“Mayor Mike Fahey was advised this morning that the private funding for the new downtown baseball stadium would be in jeopardy if David Sokol was not reappointed to the MECA board.”
-The Mayor’s Office