The OWH reports today that Omaha Mayoral candidate Hal Daub will receive endorsements from “many” of the 33 unions and their 20,000 members that make up the Omaha Federation of Labor.
Of those 33 unions, the OWH contacted 14 of them. Of those 14, 3 said they are endorsing Daub — the Plumbers, the Steamfitters and the Omaha City Employees — and 2 — the Painters and Plasters & Cement Masons — said they could be leaning toward Daub. The other 9 contacted by the OWH said they were undecided.
However, OFL’s president, Terry Moore said that Daub will take in the many after they all make their decisions next week. The significance comes from the fact that the OFL has never endorsed Hal Daub in his political career.
A couple of quotes from Daub’s new supporters:
“We’d rather have a Democrat in office than a Republican,” said Mark McColley, the (Steamfitters) union’s business manager. But, he said, the union thinks Daub is the strongest candidate.
Daub “has a history of not supporting labor and labor issues, of not sticking up for the working people,” said Patrick Stoysich, business manager of Local (Painters) 109. “But I’m being told he’s moving in a good direction for all of us.”
Not only is that a pretty strong endorsement of Daub (“ordinarily we would never support him, but now we do”), but it’s pretty damning of the Democrat candidate, Councilman Jim Suttle. Even with the caveats that those guys presented, they still are not willing to support Suttle? Ouch.
Unorthodox support like that for Daub makes him a very powerful candidate going into April…and May.
Just yesterday we featured the Lincoln City Council candidacy of lingerie and electronics salesman “Dr. John” Haltom.
But no sooner do we talk about Dr. John’s campaign then we get the startling news that Dr. John has a felony conviction (for selling porn to minors) in Utah, and therefore is probably restricted from holding office in Nebraska.
The Nebraska Constitution reads:
No person convicted of a felony shall be eligible to any such office unless he shall have been restored to civil rights.
But as Lancaster County Election Commissioner Dave Shively points out, “he accepted Haltom’s filing for office because he is registered to vote, as required to run for office“. So here’s a question: If you can’t actually hold (or be eligble for) office, can you be barred from filing for office? (Well…probably.)
But in any case, Dr. John is really way ahead of his (unstated and denied) goal of getting more publicity for himself. Filing for election? Check. Getting an additional article written about him because of his possible denial to file? Check.
Possible court case on the way in order to stop him? Check check check.
GOP Mark Fahleson in a release yesterday:
A week ago Sen. Nelson was seen at the State of the Union fawning over President Obama like a teenager at a Jonas Brothers concert.
We enjoy the pop-culture references coming out of the GOP. Mark has three daughters, and should know about such.
And just the other day I was asking, What ever happened to Menudo…
(Nice looking website for the NEGOP, by the way.)
KMTV’s Joe Jordan has an “exclusive” that Governor Dave Heineman is endorsing Hal Daub for Mayor.
Hmm. But where have we heard that before? Hmm. Hmm. Oh yeah:
“Heineman will endorse Daub“, Leavenworth Street, January 14, 2009.
Deadline today for filing for the Omaha Mayor’s race. Surprises? Not likely.