Allegations have been going back and forth between the candidates for Omaha Mayor today.
Abortion and guns are the themes.
But then, we received the attached photos.
This features Omaha City Councilman Chris Jerram, mugging for the camera at McFly’s Tavern (a firefighter hang-out), displaying a t-shirt depicting fellow City Council member, and Omaha Mayoral candidate, Jean Stothert as a stripper.
Oh, and you will note that the shirt Jerram displays is by “Suck My Private Sector”.
We aren’t sure what the repercussions will be for Jerram on this.
We’ll let others judge.
But this seems a little beyond a simple chuckle.
Is this appropriate for an elected official?
Should Jerram have said, “there’s no way in hell I’d hold that up”?
This is something.
And here are a few amazing things:
1) SOMEONE thought this was a good idea.
2) Nay…a GREAT idea.
3) So they found someone with enough design experience to make a pretty decent likeness of Jean Stothert’s hair and face (say what you will about the obvious tastelessness of the entire thing, the face image is done well)
4) They then put some cash into sending the image to a printing shop and getting them back.
5) And they did ALL of this in advance of St. Patrick’s Day so as to have it on Green shirts.
So it’s not like someone did this on a cocktail napkin and passed it over to Jerram. There were some calories burnt to put these together all for the Sunday holiday.
And then there is the District 3 Councilman proudly displaying it.
**UPDATE at 9:50 am 3/18/13**
Leavenworth Street received this message from Omaha City Councilman Chris Jerram:
On Sunday, March 17, 2013, I was photographed holding a t-shirt that contained a crude political satire message regarding Mayoral Candidate and fellow City Councilmember, Jean Stothert. I did not make the shirt, did not wear the shirt, do not agree in any way with its content and have apologized to Jean. I’d also like to apologize to the women of our community and others for this. I was wrong. I am sorry and I accept responsibility and will learn from this mistake.
As we stated above, we will leave it up to the readers (and voters) as to how Jerram should and will be judged regarding these events.