The Omaha Police Union is going full bore in Mayor Jim Suttle’s favor as the recall gears up in this final week.
Here is the latest literature they are mailing out (click to embiggen):
We asked the pro-recall committees for their thoughts on the cops’ mailer and here is what Dave Nabity of Citizens for Omaha’s Future had to say, mainly about the “reduction in force” items:
It is most unfortunate when the very people who are supposed to be upholding the law, telling the truth and representing integrity deliberately deceive voters to manipulate the outcome of an election.
There is no question they want Mayor Suttle, because he gives them what they want.
Yes, I want to reduce the number of Omaha Police Officers (OPD) in West Omaha. Why? Because I want to replace them with County Sheriffs (DCS) that are already covering the same territory and cost $30,000 a year less.
No neighborhood will have less coverage. Response times should actually improve since the DCS are already there and don’t have to travel as far as OPD officers. Also, the DCS pension deposit costs the county 8.5% annually. The OPD pension deposit costs the city 35% annually. This strategy eliminates needless duplication and saves the city almost $4,000,000.
We polled this question to those who live west of I-680 and these residents agreed, 5 – 1, that they would support this move if it saved money!
Yes, I want to put private contractors in the schools, because they will work for 50% less, even though they are sworn officers with arrest powers, just like the tenured OPD officers currently in the schools.
My plan improves response times, improves public safety in West Omaha and saves the taxpayers significant amounts of money so we can work at getting rid of the Mayor’s “Occupations Privilege Tax”, better known as the restaurant and bar tax.
Now, do you know why the OPD is so against my idea?
And here is the latest mailer from Citizens for Omaha’s Future:
And then KMTV uncovered more info on the Suttle camp’s recent hire.
You may remember that on Friday Suttle announced that Marlon Freeman was going to be heading up the “drive the homeless to the polls” effort on Election Day.
But it turns out that Freeman was convicted of beating the crap out of his girlfriend in Kansas City in 2008 (cuts to the face, black eyes, broken nose in three places). And shockingly — shockingly — the new spokesguy and leader of the Mayor’s campaign, David Dover didn’t know anything about it.
You will remember that it was DiSilvestro who told KETV of the homeless folks who they paid to vote — er, paid to go through training — “A lot of these people are potentially going to be hired by us on Election Day.”
And the Mayor’s camp will no doubt be doing just as solid of a job doing background checks on all of their new homeless door-to-door employees.
The splintering of the campaign groups in this election has been a strange thing to watch. Reminds of “Life of Brian” with the People’s Front of Judea, the Judean People’s Front, the Judean Popular People’s Front, the Campaign for a Free Galilee, and the Popular Front of Judea.
The Mayor Suttle Recall Committee (the Jeremy Aspen group), Citizens for Omaha’s Future (Nabity’s group), Forward Omaha (the de-facto Suttle campaign), The Committee to Keep Omaha Moving Forward (the Dick Holland group that has essentially merged with Forward Omaha) and Taxpayers Putting Omaha First (the police union).
Then of course there are the parties, and don’t forget about VOICE Omaha (Jim Esch’s group), Tom Becka and Ben Gray.
Oh, and just to throw a bone to all of you non-Omahans, Attorney General Jon Bruning is taking a few more steps in his Senatorial campaign.
They have taken the URL CornhuskerKickback.com and developed it into a pro-Bruning page that pounds on the issue that you may just hear a few more times between now and November 2012.