In any case, Suttle’s announcement wasn’t bad, if not dull. The guy isn’t going to rile anyone up with his speaking skills. As soon as he started talking the room seemed to deflate as he droned on in his sing-song style.
But we’ll give him some kudos for announcing at a semi-interesting venue. His campaign has made it clear that they are hoping to piggy-back onto the Obama campaign’s Omaha efforts — announcing at a spot popular with the kids, taking up residence in the Obama camp’s old HQ.
And it’s an interesting plan. Except Obama’s campaign was built on the cult of personality of its candidate (and hatred of the current office-holder). Neither of these is the case with this Mayor’s campaign. (By the way, ask Congressman Esch how long Obama’s coat tails are…)
Wait, what? Not a single mention of how or where such jobs would come from? Even though he has been planning this run for three out of the four years he has been on the Council? No matter. Hope! Change! O-Suttle! Right?
And then there was Suttle’s attempt to 1) attach himself to outgoing Mayor Mike Fahey and 2) slam on Hal Daub.
Suttle made the shout-out to Fahey (for the benefit of all the Dems in the audience), yet anyone who pays any attention knows that Fahey “dislikes” Suttle. And “growth” along the Missouri corridor? You mean like that based on the new baseball stadium? Well, you’ll remember that Suttle was one of the main opponents of the new stadium, and one of the main thorns in Mike Fahey’s side during that entire debate.
Heck most people that know Mike Fahey, even those who don’t agree with him politically, will tell you that the guy is easy to get along with and that you can sit down with him and enjoy a chilled adult beverage.
So it’s telling that the one guy you hear that Fahey doesn’t get along with is Jim Suttle.
And that dovetails into Suttle’s attempt at cracking on Hal Daub.
You want division and strife coming from elected officials? Well then look no further than Jim Suttle. Many say that Hal Daub has mellowed in his older age. But Suttle is just getting warmed up.
And remember that Suttle would like to bring economic prosperity to the downtown area.
He said he wants to bring improvements to the arts. New music. Make Omaha a destination. Discuss a light-rail line.
Hmmmm. Now when did we seen this actually happen before? It’s associated with a a huge new “center” downtown. It came after P.J. Morgan, but before Mike Fahey. Wait don’t tell us! We’ll come up with it if we just think a little bit…