“It was definitely a scene in there.”
Those are the words of Omaha dentist Tom Lewis, speaking about Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson getting booed out of an Omaha restaurant recently.
The story is featured this morning on The Politico website.
The Politico continues…
Nelson and his wife were leaving dinner at a new pizza joint near their home in Omaha one night last week when a patron began complaining about Nelson’s decisive vote in favor of the Senate’s health care bill.
Other customers started booing. A woman yelled, “Get him the hell out of here!” And the Nelsons and their dining companions beat a hasty retreat.
The pizza place is the relatively new Dante Pizzeria Napoletana on 168th and Center in the Shops of Legacy. (We hope to update with additional details.)
**UPDATE at Noon**
Here are the details Leavenworth Street has received from someone who was there:
Friday night, at Dante Pizzeria Napoletana, a customer hailed Senator Nelson to his table as Nelson walked by, saying, “Ben, Ben, Ben!”
Simultaneously people at the the other table started booing and giving him the “thumbs down”.
The person who hailed him said to Nelson “I’m very disappointed in your vote Senator.”
Nelson replied, “Ok, thank you.”
But the booing continued and as Nelson picked up the pace to get out of there, a woman yelled very loudly “Somebody get him the hell out of here!”
Now, we here at Leavenworth Street frankly don’t condone such behavior. Nelson and his wife should be able to go out to dinner in peace.
But… how much of this has Nelson brought upon himself?
He goes on for weeks and weeks about how he won’t support the Health Care Re-form bill “unless”, then changes his terms, sells out, gives Nebraska a horrible name nationwide, and goes on TV during the Husker game claiming he’s been “listening” to Nebraskans.
Well, Nelson isn’t done with his damage control.
We’ve learned that Nelson’s film crew was shooting a NEW commercial near the Security National Bank on 64th and Center. This time, instead of speking to the camera himself, Nelson is using third-party testimonials from others to tell how swell of a guy he is for voting for the bill.
Amazing that someone who says nine out of ten people support him and claims not to care what the polls say, is already on his second round of ads — two full years before he is up for re-election.
But considering the visceral reaction Nelson is causing in people, it’s no wonder that he is still in massive damage control.
While he criss-crosses the state, and even hints that he could vote against the final bill, Nelson knows that this is the sort of thing that could frame his entire political legacy.
Ironic his choice of pizza places then, eh?