The march ended at Miller Park, where (former) State Senator Ernie Chambers took to the stage. The Omaha World Herald described part of Chambers’s statement as follows:
(Chambers) asked black voters to be wary of white politicians who use them during campaigns and then disappear afterward.
But a recent article in The Reader fleshes out what Chambers said. It went like this:
Chambers attacked politicians who pledged support for the event but did not march. He had especially scathing words for Jim Esch, the Democratic candidate for the House from the Omaha-dominated 2nd District.
“I could get an axe murderer, I could get a serial rapist and put him up here and say ‘this is Jim Esch, vote for him, he’s here with you.’ and everybody would clap,” said Chambers. “They don’t know what he looks like. Is Jim Esch here now? How are you going to vote for him? They sent a flunkie because black people are so dumb and so easily tricked that the white man sends his flunkie.”
Esch was present at the initial gathering but left before the march began.
Esch has tried to make himself out to be a man concerned about North Omaha, but Chambers calls him to the mat here.
And this after some strange rumblings about Chambers thinking of running in the 2nd Congressional District race as an Independent. With Chambers having nearly 100% name ID, think how that would shake up the race.
Our guess is that Chambers has other fish to fry, but whenever you toss in Ernie’s name, things get much more interesting.
And speaking of Esch, Jim’s campaign came forward with a counter to the Lee Terry campaign’s “Truth Squad”, led by Esch primary opponent Richard Carter.
But the name of Esch’s group? The “Dare Squad”. Something about daring Terry to talk about energy policy (presumably about Esch’s recent endorsement of Terry’s energy plan ).
Of course, the Esch campaign clearly missed the irony of calling it the “Dare Squad”, as opposed to the D.A.R.E squad — you know, the one that teaches school age kids about the dangers of drugs and alcohol…
We’re still taking guesses here on what Fahey will announce tomorrow. KMTV‘s Joe Jordan says he “can’t find anyone” who thinks Fahey will run for re-elect. The OWH seems to think so too. And frankly that’s the way we’ve felt for awhile.
But all that being said, we’ve heard that Fahey has told numerous people he IS going to run. So we don’t know what to think.
Maybe he’s just going to pull a Hagel. “I’m here to announce that I’ll make my announcement at a later time. Feel free to enjoy some cake and punch.”