First there is Brett Lindstrom.
Lindstrom is a 2003 graduate of the University of Nebraska where he was a walk-on football player. He played high school ball at Millard West, then got in on a few mop-up time snaps over the years which earned him a letter.
While at Nebraska, he was also in a band called Golliday — which earned him a few stories in the campus press as well.
These days, the 30 year old Lindstrom is a “financial advisor”, though his press releases and website don’t spell out who he is working for.
Speaking of which, Lindstrom has a full, up and running campaign website. It has the standard glamour shots of the candidate waving (at whom?), and starts out his “Issues” section taking shots at Congressman Terry, using the same attacks used by Democrat Tom White. (Sort of curious that Lindstrom hammers Terry for not having an “official” statement for a plan on Social Security, then…doesn’t state anything himself? Oh well.)
Lindstrom has two, count ‘em, TWO, campaign managers — Randi Scott and Micayla Lee, both of whom, along with campaign finance chief Chris Scott have their own official portraits on the website. Got to say that is the first time we have ever seen a campaign focus on who is running it, with clearer photos and more detailed bio information than the candidate. Sort of curious, that.
We will let Joe Jordan — who was the first one to break this story — fill out the rest of Lindstrom’s bio info at Lindstrom’s presser today at 3:30pm at the UNO Alumni Center.
But we will say this: We talked with some of our contacts within the GOP and no one had heard of Lindstrom or his campaign people before last night. Now we are not saying you can’t be an outsider and all that, but pretty much zero involvement inside the party makes for a curious intra-party challenge.
And then there is the sort of bizarre secrecy that has gone on around this campaign. The campaign that has spent the last few weeks trying to recruit campaign volunteers through Creighton and UNO, without giving any information about who the candidate is or even what party. Then, they recently signed up for the Elkhorn parade without saying who was going to walk.
Now maybe surprise is a plan — but when the point of getting elected is to get your name out there and build support, being stealthy does not quite get to those goals.
Well, we are looking forward to hearing more from Lindstrom this afternoon. Some big questions: Does he plan to self-fund this campaign? Does he have primary funding from anyone? Does he enter the primary race with support from anyone inside the party? Is he considering himself a/the Tea Party candidate as well? Can we still pick up Golliday CDs at Homers?
We wait to see.
His name is Jack Heidel.
Heidel is a 72 year old Math Professor at UNO (with his PhD in Math), and is a member of the Omaha metro Learning Community Coordinating Council, District #3. He was elected in 2010 and will serve four years on the council. You can see his bio and website here, which is pretty much filled with Math (though it is our understanding there are no math requirements to read said site).
We learned that Heidel is sending out feelers to see what kind of support he could find in a run against the 49 year old Terry, but that he is already pretty much planning a run.
And we understand, again, that he plans to run as a Republican.
And then we go to one other former caniddate.
We have learned that Jane Kleeb plead guilty to violating three separate violations of state law during her campaign for school board in Hastings, and has been fined by the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission.
You may remember that Kleeb had previously claimed that she was innocent, INNOCENT!, and that her violations were manufactured by the Nebraska GOP.
(Hmm, where have we heard this sort of defense recently? Hmm. Weiner. Weiner. Hmm…)
Well, that seems to have changed now. Kleeb has worked as a Washington, DC campaign operative for her entire adult life, is featured on national TV as campaign operative, and is funded handsomely by one of the richest political sugar daddys in Nebraska, Dick Holland. But she claims that, well shucks, she’s just a new comer and didn’t unnnerstan those complicated laws, and all.
Oh, what happened to that innocent, law abiding Jane that we used to know…