A strange amount of political posturing during this hot July in an election year. But is it full of sound and fury, signifying nothing? Well…
First there’s Mike Meister of Scottsbluff, who would seem to be the current go-to guy for the Dems to have a candidate for Governor.
Meister said he is 98% committed to running for Governor.
But, ah, that last 2%.
It seems that Meister is not crazy about that little bugaboo of running for office: fundraising. It sounds like he essentially wants the state Democrat party to be his campaign fundraising arm.
How much he would be involved in actually dialing for dollars is unknown, but it would be an unusual partnership. Maybe not unworkable, but certainly not the usual relationship.
So what does the state Democrat party do in the mean time? Well, if you’re Chairman Vic Covalt, you send out a fundraising email!
Unless you, as our dedicated Nebraska Democrats, send in contribution to support a Democratic campaign for Governor. Otherwise, Nebraska will have no choice except Dave Heineman….
It is time for every Nebraska Democrat to step up with a donation. Help us help you recruit and support a good candidate for Governor.
Now. Not later. Or it will be too late.
Awesome Vic! Because who wouldn’t want to send you a bunch of their hard-earned money for a completely unknown campaign, for an unknown candidate, to your tightly run organization. Sounds like money well-spent to us!
But who IS running the Nebraska Democrat party these days, anyway?
Heck, don’t ask them.
Is it Vic Covalt? One wouldn’t think the party elders are nuts about him right now.
How about Dem national committeeman Vince Powers? Is anyone consulting him on things?
Anne Boyle? Well, she successfully torpedoed the Mark Lakers campaign from within, essentially dooming the Dem’s Governor candidate without a “Plan B” anywhere in sight.
Ah, but then there’s that stealthy group out there, previously unknown, but now coming to light. We speak of “Bold Nebraska” (we know they are “bold” because it’s right there in the name).
Bold Nebraska has run some lame ads earlier in the year that no one remembers, and are responsible for the recent trackers/stalkers on behalf of Tom White against Congressman Lee Terry.
So who is running BN? Well, it’s a laundry-list of used-to-bees in the state Dems. If you’ve followed along, you know that “In the Neb!” Jane Fleming Kleeb is running the show. But the top name on their “Board of Directors”? Former Dem state chair Steve Achepohl.
You remember Steve. When asked last fall if he had anyone to run against Governor Dave Heineman, he responded, “I’m not God.”
So are there some bitter grapes from Achepohl after he was essentially rousted from the party? Does Vince Powers have any idea what is going on at the underground-party HQ? Who have the likes of the Boyles — and Ben Nelson — blessed to be really running the show for the group-that-answers-to-no-one?
Dunno. But that convention in a few weeks could possibly be a good show.
But that’s not the ONLY new Bold group out there! Because what’s the only thing that could be more-Bold than Bold Nebraska???
Why that would be “BOULDER NEBRASKA”!
Yes, we have been contacted by the new group, Boulder Nebraska, who describe themselves thusly:
Our motto is: “Sometimes being BOLD isn’t enough, it’s time to be BOULDER!!!!” We want to bring Boulder Colorado Values to Nebraska!!! We are not financed by some rich billionaire or tied to the Cult of Personality of one politico, we are Boulder!!!
They even have a Facebook page up which describes themselves as:
We are a group of liberal progressives trying to bring Boulder Colorado values to Nebraska.
They have numerous posts up already, and seem to be pretty progressive. And pretty bold. REALLY bold.
They seem to really be pressing for the Obama – Pelosi – Tom White agenda.
We are informed that they are not funded by George Soros.
(Not YET, anyway…)
We received this rather harsh statement from Boulder Nebraska, who asked us to post this here:
We at Boulder Nebraska have seen the mistatements Jane Kleeb has made about our group. We are not a part of any political party or under the direction or control of the Nebraska GOP. We are not funded by anybody and we are not a front for some out-state organization. We are also not an ASTROTURFER organization like BOLD NEBRASKA that will not reveal its funding sources and what it pays its mouthpiece Jane Kleeb. We thought transparancy in politics was a progressive virtue apparently for BOLD NEBRASKA that is not the case. Furthermore, we are not about promoting any individuals unlike BOLD NEBRASKA, we are about discussing Progressive issues with Nebraska voters. Trash us all you want Ms. Kleeb but the truth remains you are a paid political hack moving from gig to gig.
The non-paid organizers of Boulder Nebraska
Oh, and we almost forgot this little item that was sent to us the other day (by a country-club “tracker”, ha!):
Tom White campaigning at the Field Club pool (with his man-bag over the arm).
Now that’s some voter out-reach!
Then just to round things out around the the Third District, Congressman Adrian Smith and Democrat candidate Rebekah Davis seem to have a new opponent in their midst.
Dan Hill has said he is going to run as an Independent in this race.
Hill says that he used to be a Republican, but doesn’t like the party anymore. In any case he said he would have a nearly identical voting record to Smith.
Uh, so there ya go.
With that plan, why wouldn’t you blow a bunch of your own cash on yard signs and hotel ballroom rentals and gas money and fast food?
But just to show you that Mr. Hill there isn’t the only one getting ahead of himself, look no further than the 2013 campaign for the Mayor of Omaha!
That’s right, none other than Christopher Geary has already set up his Facebook campaign page for that office.
So here’s our plan: Instead of constantly having Geary and Mort Sullivan and Jerry Odom and maybe Pat Flynn and probably this Dan Hill constantly running for Mayor and Governor and Senator and President, why don’t we just have a separate primary for them?
Whoever wins gets to be the nominee from the “Perpetual Candidate Party”, and they can pool their resources and votes. Think how much more crowded their post-election parties would be! And you’d have just one website you would have to visit, or just one robo-call to receive.
Someone needs to get working on this, pronto.
And finally, KETV informs us that Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle will hit the Dundee Dell bar at 1AM on Thursday to celebrate the extension of closing time for Omaha bars to 2AM.
Because that is just the time bar-goers will give coherent, well thought-out suggestions to the Mayor. (Our over/under on the number of times the wobbly guy tells the Mayor that he’s “awesome”: 13.) But where to park the Durango?
Just remember Mayor, you don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay there.