So here is what we’ve been told from our various sources regarding the Omaha City Council vote on filling the retiring Chuck Sigerson’s District 7 seat:
The initial vote breakdown was (all according to our sources) :
Democrats Pete Festersen, Gary Gernandt and Ben Gray for Jeri Regan.
Republicans Franklin Thompson and Jean Stothert…and DEMOCRAT Chris Jerram for Tom Mulligan.
So where did the Democrat support for Mulligan come from?
Well, Mulligan’s cousin (or at least a semi-close relative — we’re not sure) is Democrat Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine. Kleine, as well as the Omaha Chamber of Commerce, lobbied hard for Mulligan. Kleine had also endorsed Jerram in his City Council race.
So, after the initial 3-3 vote, either Gray or Gernandt were convinced and decided to jump ship, making it 4-2 for Mulligan.
At that point, we’re told, there was an understanding that the public vote on the council would be unanimous, so Mulligan got all votes.
However, we are told (by a number of people) that Pete Festersen is pissed at how this all turned out, and that a Republican was placed on the Democrat majority council. It would make sense that his venom is focused on Jerram, without whom Mulligan wouldn’t have gotten that far.
But, for what it’s worth, Mulligan seems to be very qualified for the job. How partisan he will be in the future remains to be seen.
At least it’s good to know that there is still some heavy politics and bitterness going on down at the City-County building.
We wouldn’t have it any other way.