The Omaha Police Officers’ Association has attacked Mayoral candidate Jim Vokal via a mailer. See it here (click for larger version):
First lets get to the flyer itself: “What is Jim Vokal hiding from?”
(But picture old lady voter opening up her mail and mouthing, “Oh, my!”)
Well, here’s the reality of this thing. It is the State Patrol and the Douglas County Sherrif’s responsibility to monitor sex offenders. The Omaha Police (Union) wanted to help to monitor these offenders.
Well, the Union says it’s to keep the streets safer. And we don’t doubt that’s part of it.
But…. could another part be to spike their hours to increase pensions? Hmm. You can think about that.
Now, here’s the other part of all this: Who ELSE was for this plan?
Well, not…THE CHIEF OF POLICE.
And not, FIVE of SEVEN City Council members (including Thompson and Sigerson who voted with Vokal on this; Suttle voted against the Mayor and Chief of Police — but didn’t get a mailer aimed at them.)
As Emily Litella might say, “Oh. Well that’s much different. Never mind.”
So we will dive right in and say we have no problem defending Jim Vokal against this attack. There’s little to nothing behind it, there’s obviously a vengeance factor on the part of the Union (Vokal wants to pare back the pensions) and its completely out of left field.
But we are also not looking to the Hal Daub campaign, as some have, to blame for this attack.
Well, for one, we are inclined to take him at his word for this from the OWH:
“Daub issued a statement saying no one associated with his campaign had anything to do with the police mailing.”
Then there’s the issue of the wisdom behind this attack. On the face of it, there is a very good chance it would backfire, and probably already has. The accusations don’t pass the smell test and then when reasonable people look at the history of it, they are going to call b.s.
We don’t think the Daub campaign is that short-sighted.
And, for what it’s worth the OPOA sent the same piece out against Councilman Frank Brown too.
Onto other things Omaha Mayor… both Vokal and Daub were recently on the Big Show with Matt Perault and Travis Justice on Big Sports 590.
Now say what you want, but these interviews, on a sports radio show, were as in-depth as anything you’ll see on any other radio show, TV piece or newspaper article. Frankly, more so. Each candidate was allowed to give detailed answers, Perault and Justice asked good follow-ups and the candidates were allowed to speak freely on the issues without being edited.
Being a sports show, the main focus of each interview was the new stadium and the Omaha Royals. Vokal’s money quote was that the chance of keeping the Royals in Omaha was, “between slim and none and slim has stopped returning our calls.” He doesn’t think Daub is being up-front with the voters on the real chances of keeping the Royals.
Daub, on the other hand, spoke in classic rapid-fire Haldaub fashion about the strength of keeping the Royals in downtown, even in a big stadium, and believes that he has a plan to keep them. He wouldn’t give out that plan though (and has said that he doesn’t want to negotiate in public).
Daub also threw out that he talked to Pete Ricketts recently — brother in the new Ricketts family owned Chicago Cubs — and told Ricketts that he wants him to bring the Iowa Cubs to Omaha. We weren’t sure if this was tongue in cheek, or if this is some sort of plan. (And we’re fairly sure that the Ricketts family wouldn’t have control over that decision.)
(Hey, how about the Royals AND Cubs at the new stadium? Now THERE’s a full schedule…)
Daub also said he told Pete he’d like to have AmeriTrade buy the naming rights, and he’d like to get the Chicago Cubs in for an exhibition game.
What Hal, the Pope isn’t good enough for you? (see, you just talk to the Archbishop and…)