KFAB’s Tom Becka interviewed a homeless man from Siena-Francis House who was paid five bucks to vote by the Mayor’s campaign last week.
See the two parts of the interesting interview here:
The main nuggets from the interview with The Dude are:
“A gentleman came by, and uh, said, uh, that if we wanted to vote we’d get paid five dollars. Pretty simple as that.”
“We were to say (to the media) that we were basically being trained for jobs. Which, I don’t know if we were or not. I haven’t seen any jobs being offered yet….For the possibility of a job….They were concerned about the news media being there. I could tell they were panicking.”
Add to all of that the eye witness accounts of the Mayor’s campaign (let’s identify who they are, and stop calling them “Forward Omaha”, yeah?) people telling the homeless guys how to vote while in the voting booth.
We have heard the Mayor and his campaign people continuing to defend their actions, but it seems clear to us what happened here.
This from Tom Shatel of the OWH’s sports page today:
So last Thursday at the Outland Trophy banquet, Mayor Jim Suttle said that an outdoor pro soccer team is “knocking on our door.” And here I thought that he was trying to avoid a recall.
And while we are at it, where the heck are our Papal Tobogganing Championships? We need to get the Archbishop on this, pronto.
- Recall Committee’s Jeremy Aspen and KFAB’s Tom Becka will debate Councilman Ben Gray and state Senator Brenda Council regarding the recall on local public access. Could be interesting. If anyone saw it.
- When in doubt, blame Hal Daub.
- The Mayor sent another guy to the campaign handle paying the homeless to vote — er, organize the GOTV campaign. Glad THAT’s taken care of.
- Wonder what David Dover is telling Gary DiSilvestro to do today?