An interesting day yesterday in the annals (the what?) of Leavenworth Street. We were finally recognized by the Omaha World Herald.
Well, not the newspaper itself, but by their new little blog thing — “The Hall”. Nonetheless, it is part of Omaha.com, so we send them our greetings. This from the newspaper that still is at pains to say KFAB’s name.
Jeffrey Robb at the “The Hall” noted our post (alas, no link though) the other day about Pete Ricketts considering a run at the 3rd Floor of the City/County Building (hint: Mayor’s office!). Robb chuckled dismissively that we used a (gasp!) exclamation point when mentioning Ricketts’s name — as if we should nonchalantly note the name of the local zillionaire and MLB owner who is rumored to be interested in taking on the current Mayor.
But Robb then got a quote out of a “Ricketts family spokesperson” that this was all “just gossip.” (And by the way shouldn’t every family have a designated spokesperson? For ours, it was Aunt Shirley — though that was really just to tell the other gals at the beauty parlor that her sister-in-law was known to nip at the cooking sherry…but we digress.)
Later in the blog post, Robb gets out of Ricketts spokesman that this is, “just fun for the bloggers, but that’s it.”
We don’t know if Robb was on the phone with said spokesdude or if it was a text or email, but isn’t the follow-up here, “Uh, so we noticed you never actually refuted this contention.”
Because here is the thing: We KNOW (oh we have our sources) that Pete has had conversations with political movers and shakers on this very subject. This is not out of the clear blue sky, and frankly if we hear this type of thing, you can often bet that others have as well. In other words, if you went to the salon of the Ricketts kids’ aunt, you may get better intel.
So there’s that. But here is the thing, from our standpoint: Is a Mayoral run by Ricketts likely?
Here is one of the richest guys in town, who ran for U.S. Senate. And he has been running an economic think-tank for the past three(?) years. He is Nebraska’s GOP Committeeman. And he has been rumored for some time to be interested in the Governor’s McMansion in Lincoln. And add to that that he is a member of a super-exclusive club of Major League Baseball owners. In other words, he is a mover and shaker (arguably) on the statewide and national level.
So, wouldn’t Mayor of Omaha be sort of a step down for Ricketts? Look, we are not saying it is not an important job. And frankly it can be a 24/7/365 job (unless you are a Mayor who telecommutes from Lake of the Ozarks). It is a fantastic and crucial job, for the right kind of person. But would Pete be that person? Not to mention, could he win? It would not necessarily be a slam dunk, and a loss would be a fairly embarrassing step. Hey, who knows? Nixon lost the election to Kennedy, lost the California Gov’s race, then made it to the White House. (OK, we will quit with the Nixon analogies.) We just find the Mayor’s office to be a bit of a strange course on the Ricketts trajectory.
Pete likely has a lot of different discussions about a lot of different things, so a trial balloon like this is not that much of a surprise.
(Now if only he could have a discussion about a preseason Cubs-Royals game at TD Ameritrade…).
Still on the Mayoral front, we saw that state Senator — and likely Omaha Mayoral candidate — Brad Ashford did not move on the bill in the Committee he chairs to prevent the Omaha gay discrimination ordinance.
State Senator Beau McCoy had introduced the bill to prevent “a patchwork of local ordinances” across the state. Should there be a different standard when you walk from Omaha to Bellevue (or where ever)? Well, by refusing to discuss it, Ashford gets to not take a public stand, and not anger either side on a contentious issue.
Well, that is one way to handle it.
In last night’s Prez debate, when they asked the stoooopid question of “describe yourself in one word,” we were really hoping for Will Ferrell as W to pop in with, “Strategery.” Good for Newt for giving the F-U, “Cheerful” response.
And from @danmoser1961:
No more #GOP debates. Sure hope they go into reruns, though, ’cause I kinda miss Cain, Perry and Bachman.
As they kept panning the audience, showing Rick Perry last night, we Tweeted our hope for a shot of Herman Cain…then him slowly turning to the camera, and slowly flashing the creepy grin…