At around 9:00pm on Tuesday evening, we heard that state Senator Brad Ashford will announce tomorrow, in some fashion, that he is running for Mayor of Omaha in 2013.
This isn’t exactly news. We noted back in February that he was going to run, that there have been names tossed around to run his campaign, etc. But this is reportedly sort of an official thing.
But who knows what an Ashford campaign will look like. He carried water for Mayor Jim Suttle in his recall battle. He wouldn’t let a bill out of his legislative committee that could have slowed down the no-firing-gays ordinance. So he is Jim Suttle without the engineering background?
Then on the righter side of the menu you most likely have Dave Nabity. Probably Jean Stothert. And then who knows who else? We always hear former City Councilman Dan Welch’s name tossed around, but we have no idea of his interest level. And there are probably others.
But no time like the present to start waging more political battles. It’s just like dividing out Pi…
Hey man, stop hassling Bob Kerrey man! You know he is only moving back to Nebraska for YOUR own good? Yeah that’s right. Why, he isn’t even INTERESTED in running for U.S. Senate. Let him tell it:
Between sips of an iced latte at a Starbucks in Omaha..
(Boy, we hope that wasn’t a Grande, or his hometown New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg will be coming after Kerrey!)
(…Kerrey said…) “I’m not running because I need to be a senator. In fact, I barely want to be.”
So he hasn’t lived in Nebraska for 12 years. He doesn’t want to be (barely!) Nebraska’s Senator. And he disagrees with most Nebraskans on basic voting issues (ObamaCare, abortion, taxes.)
Bob Kerrey: He doesn’t want you. You don’t want him. Perfect.
And on the Senate front, the New York Times (as opposed to the York News Times) had a relatively nice piece on Republican Senate nominee Deb Fischer.
Read the whole thing here.
We will say that we chuckled at a few things.
One, the tone of the piece seemed to be going for some sort of, “oh that Deb Fischer is bull-headed and likes things her way!” Which is comical considering she has to work in a legislative body and count votes. It’s not an executive position. If she can’t build a consensus nothing happens. And she HAS been successful.
But the other one was WHO they got to speak out against her.
Remember a month or less ago when Politico was getting some post-campaign comments? Well they got this from state Senator Danielle Conrad:
“(She is) one of the most talented and effective senators … in the history of the body. It’s fair to say Sen. Fischer is well-respected. I think that she’s quite competent and done a good job recognizing and advocating on behalf of the parochial interests of her district.”
Oh, but no doubt someone grabbed Conrad by the collar and gave her a Cory Booker-style scolding (when the Democrat Mayor left the Obama reservation, then had to “adjust” his comments the next day).
So now, Conrad tells the NYT:
“Nebraska voters, my constituents, are sick and tired of the kind of dysfunctional politics that we see coming from Washington, D.C., and they want senators to act more in a nonpartisan manner,” Ms. Conrad said. “I don’t know if Senator Fischer has the ability to do that.”
Gee nice 180 there Senator. (And at this point we will cease any further erratic driving analogies regarding Senator Conrad.)
And speaking of flipping, who comes to Bob Kerrey’s defense regarding his residence of the past 12 years?
Your favorite new Democrat hugger, Chuck Hagel.
“It’s a joke to say he’s not a real Nebraskan and he’s a carpetbagger,” Hagel, who didn’t seek re-election in 2008, said in an interview. “Come on. This is a guy who is Nebraska through and through.”
Chuck Hagel coming to the defense of a liberal Democrat? Oh my! The room is spinning! Let us level ourselves and get a drink of water…
We don’t want to really get into the whole deal with the OPS and Nancy Sebring’s emails and all that. But if you haven’t read them — and there really is no reason to — at least know that what was in the OWH was massively edited. Yes, they were pretty sexually graphic. If you’re just itching to know now, The Smoking Gun has them, and it was linked on the Drudge Report for all the world to read.
But really, what kind of sucks (no pun intended!) for her is that her only real problem in all of this was that she used her work email on her iPad instead of using Gmail. Even if her affair was discovered, would that have forced her to resign? We sort of doubt it. So instead it is just that the world got to see her sexual exploits played out in public. Yeesh.
Hey, it looks like Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker pulled a Jim Suttle. Won his recall by pretty much the same amount as his last election.
Suttle may have deserved to be recalled, but it may go to prove that unless you can point to a very specific action for someone’s recall, you aren’t going to change voters’ minds. Interesting.
Of course many see way more ramifications in Wisconsin. For the national parties. And candidates. Hmm.
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