The big news yesterday , in party circles anyway, was that Glenn Freeman had declared that he is running for the Republican nomination for Nebraska’s 2nd District Congressional seat. The seat currently held by Rep. Lee Terry.
As soon as we heard on Tuesday afternoon, we sent out an email to Freeman requesting the standard candidate info. We have yet to hear back from him.
So, we will share only what we read on the other blogs that talked about this, and what we have gathered from other sources, and our personal experience and wisdom.
Freeman is an Air Force Veteran and has received many medals in service to his country. He should be lauded for that, like all veterans, and we thank him for his dedication and service.
Since that time, he has also been involved in the state and county Republican party. He was on the GOP State Central Committee and was the Douglas County Republican Party Chairman in the 1990’s.
Of late, we believe Mr. Freeman has become somewhat of a Tea Party kind of guy. He likes to tell and lecture others about his knowledge of the Constitution — though we do not see any formal Constitutional study — law school or the like — on his resume. Not an absolute requirement to be an expert on the Constitution, maybe…but it’s the sort of thing you usually see when someone makes that claim.
We had heard — anecdotally, and we will update if this is not true — that Freeman is of the belief that the 16th and 17th Amendments to the Constitution (income tax and direct election of Senators, respectively) are not…Constitutional. Interesting idea that.
So we were wondering WHY Freeman would be running against the sitting party candidate, Terry. Well we asked around, and discovered, for one that, well, maybe there is not a lot of love lost between Terry and Freeman. Others have said more bluntly that Freeman “hates his guts”. We are guessing that is a little strong, and that Freeman would probably say that he “respects Terry”, and yadda yadda yadda, but these are the thing you hear from people who have been around them for many years now.
So where is the 76 year old Freeman coming from? Does “running for Congress” fall somewhere between “running the County party” and “playing handball off the Great Wall of China” on his bucket list? Does he figure that with his contacts built up over the years he can take on that whipper-snapper Terry? Is he guessing that Terry may drop it all and run for Senate?
We have no doubt that Freeman loves his country and believes he could serve it well in Congress. But built into that also has to be some “and I can win”. Otherwise, we really just don’t always see the deal.
At this point Freeman could further break up the anti-Terry vote currently being fought for by Jack Heidel and Brett Lindstrom. Coming in second could be a prize in this race, maybe.
Otherwise, we frankly don’t understand these types of campaigns. But good luck and God speed and all that. It’s always good to be involved.
This Tweet from Don Walton at the LJS (who hardly ever tweets…):
Heineman tells Lincoln Rotary luncheon: “If I thought (they) could come together, maybe it would be worthwhile considering” Senate.
And in related news, Ben Nelson tells The Hill that he could make up his mind next week. Or not. He just doesn’t know.
On some lighter notes, we saw that the U.S. Senate’s “Secret Santa” was completed. The $10 max gift exchange between Senators, organized by Mike Johanns (R-NE) and Al Franken (D-MN) was apparently a hit for all involved.
Something like this probably seems a little stupid, but honestly it’s dumb little stuff like this that helps an argumentative body like the Senate get along just a little better. It is a good thing to have softball games and gift exchanges and those kinds of events to get all sides to step back from always going for the throat.
So Mike Johanns received a bottle of Buffalo Wing sauce from the place in Buffallo, New York where they invented Buffalo Wings — from Chuck Schumer. (Not exactly “hot sauce” as the OWH’s Joe Morton Tweeted.) Sort of a cool gift.
Johanns gave Virginia’s Mark Warner a big “Energizer Bunny”, which we are guessing was more of an inside joke than anything else.
And Ben Nelson? He received macadamian nuts and Hawaiian coffee from Daniel Inouye of Hawaii (and we can tell you that coffee alone had to cost more than $10). Pretty nice, any coffee buff will assert.
So what did Ben give Senator Tim Johnson?
A $10 gift card. To a Senate office building coffee shop.
Wow. What would require less thought and be worse than just slipping a ten-spot into a Hallmark card? But ol’ Ben (or his staff) came up with it. FORCE the recipient to buy some crappy coffee, out of a stale urn, with it.
Maybe just actually keep it “secret” next time, huh?
And Democrat Gwen Howard is getting into the swing of things for her Congressional campaign in the 2nd District as well.
She took this ad out in Facebook.
Actual size, as far as we can tell.
Uh, well, that’s a start, we guess. “Happy Days are here again!” and all that.
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