NE-02 Congressman Lee Terry has fund raisers and events planned tomorrow. But what makes these events different from the standard rubber chicken and photo op one usually attends, is Terry’s guest: Representative Allen West (R-FL).
West is a member of the House Armed Services Committee as well as Small Business Committee. In addition to those, Lt. Colonel West served in Operation Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
But what West is even better known for in political circles is his leadership in the Tea Party movement. He has been a resounding voice on economic independence and entrepreneurial spirit and regularly slams the Obama administration for stifling jobs and growth.
None of those positions are new to Terry, and West’s support of Terry is not really much of a shock either. Terry gets high ratings and support from most conservative groups.
But of course Terry has also received a few extra intra-party opponents this year who have tried to claim some sort of Tea Party support on their own. Nary a political story goes by in the local paper without some mention that Terry has opponents in the GOP primary who claim Terry is not conservative enough.
So West’s support of Terry should help to put a wet blanket on that story and focus on Terry’s conservative credentials and the support from his colleagues. (But we doubt that would happen, because otherwise what would they have to write about?)
We rarely think these types of endorsements factor in that much with local voters. But for those who had wondered where some of the national players came down in the second district, they might note that it is not with Terry’s opponents.
On that NE02 note, on Monday Don Walton of the LJS mentioned that maybe the Obama campaign wasn’t going to be flooding the second district with the same amount of resources they did in 2008.
Then again, that could all change if someone thinks the Presidential campaign will come down to one Electoral Vote. Or if the DSCC thinks they can bang Kerrey in with increased Dem turnout.
But we have yet to see any real interest in the NE02 Democrats from any national sources.
This is pretty much one of those “closing that barn door after the horses have escaped” points, but a commenter noted it, and we can’t believe we did not bring it up as well.
One of the big supporters of the new Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender anti-discrimination ordinance in Omaha, is of course Mayor Jim Suttle. You may remember immediately following Suttle’s election, his choice for Chief of Staff — Matt Stamp — quickly got caught up in a scandal where he was accused of having a homosexual relationship with a then-minor, who ended up killing himself five years later. To our knowledge Samp was never actually legally accused or convicted of anything in that whole matter.
But the accusations, at the time, were enough for Suttle. Rescinding an offer to hire Samp, Suttle said,
“It doesn’t make any difference whether it’s perception or reality — treat them the same. It’s time to part company and I did.”
Now the new ordinance, that Sutle supported, says that an employer — in that case it would have been either Suttle or the City of Omaha, or both — may not refuse to hire someone based on someone’s actual or perceived homosexuality
Yet we have no doubt that a crafty lawyer, based on Suttle’s statement above, could make a strong argument that Suttle did refuse to hire Samp based on his perceived homosexuality. We are also sure that someone else could attempt to argue their way around that as well. But it certainly would have been an interesting question to ask and answer to receive after all the give and take over the last week.
Maybe Pandora’s Legal Box won’t open over this ordinance. But we have a feeling people in Suttle situation will be sure to take a different tack next time.
Be wary of certain George Clooney movies today. You’ve been warned.
Oh, and you’re Bracket is already done so just tear it up now.