This is a tease.
Leavenworth Street is conducting a tease of an announcement (possibly very big) likely scheduled for this coming Thursday in Omaha, that will affect (mainly) Omaha politics.
This is only a tease.
This concludes this tease on Leavenworth Street.
**UPDATE 7:30 pm**
Small town. Cat’s (RRRrrrrr!) out of the bag.
(But whomever can deduce the clue given in the picture to the right wins a L. St. silver dollar.)
Oh, and the NEGOP will be holding a presser Tuesday morning.
Omaha-area State Senators Bob Krist, Beau McCoy, John Nelson, and Rich Pahls will join NEGOP Chair Mark Fahleson to discuss their opposition to Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle’s proposed tax increases.
And former Senator Chuck Hagel was sort of in the news today.
Seems he is endorsing Democrat Congressman Joe Sestak for Senate in Pennsylvania.
Of course, our first reaction was, “Well, that’s one way to get on Democrat Senators’ good side for any potential SecDef confirmation hearings next year.” Seeing as they’d need something to get them over two GOPers in a row for that spot.”
The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizia echoed our sentiment calling it the “Me Me Endorsement”:
The simple fact is that Sestak won’t gain anything of significant substance from the endorsement; he may get some residual benefit from the perception that Hagel, like Bloomberg, is independent-minded or the expectation-turning that a Republican not backing former Rep.Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) creates.
On the other hand, there could be genuine benefit for Hagel — albeit symbolic. Hagel is rightly understood as trying out for a Cabinet job and the more he can show a willingness to put party aside to do what he believes is the right thing, the more attractive he will be to President Obama and his inner circle.
The irony is that the list of major legislation that Sestak favors is almost the exact opposite of what Hagel fought for in Congress.
Well, maybe now Mayor Suttle can get Hagel to come out in favor of his budget…
(We know he’s not going to get any help from Fahey…)