The campaign news of the last couple days:
Mayor candidate Jean Stothert: Crime has gone up on Jim Suttle’s watch.
Mayor Jim Suttle: Oh yeah? Show us the stats.
Stothert: Here are the stats. Crime is up.
Suttle: Um….No YOU’RE dumb!
Seriously, it doesn’t get any more basic than that. Suttle’s response to Stothert that crime has gone up in Omaha over the last four years was that, well, she’s just looking at the CRIME statistics.
And all we would say about that is that Jean Stothert and her campaign have captured the issue of the day and Suttle and his camp have been steam-rolled on this issue. It is bad enough that Suttle cannot even at least point to some sort of anti-crime “plan” and say, “well, here is my plan for the next four years”. But he also comes across as, “Oh, THOSE are the crime stats? Did not know that…”
The Stothert camp began their new ad on the crime issue yesterday (good piece, though we’d like her off of the teleprompter).
See it here:
And then here is a little ditty put together regarding Suttle’s demand for some statistics to back up Jean Stothert’s facts. Or something like that.
(We would also add that in the middle of it we had the uncontrollable urge to Salsa dance.)
We have also gotten a kick out of Joe Jordan’s increasing demands of the Suttle camp that Suttle start running some campaign ads.
It was a bit humorous to see Jordan browbeating Suttle on the subject until Suttle finally snapped back that the Stothert camp was “wasting” their campaign cash on “early” commercials.
Suttle’s position seems to be that “no one is listening” to the campaign this early and that by bombing the airwaves 1-2 weeks before the election he will then get his point across.
But is he losing too early? Is he getting trounced and silenced into submission right now?
If he gets battered early and often, can a late airwar turn the tide (we’re probably mixing a few metaphors into the soup there, but you get the sandwich.)
And then Jordan had a great point when Suttle noted that “all of the Brad Ashford money” was coming his way. Jordan chuckled, WHAT Ashford money?
So does Suttle HAVE the money to push an ad war at this point?
Well, we know that he has Bob Kerrey calling. (You remember Bob Kerrey! He’s the guy who flew in from his home in Manhattan to his sister’s couch in Omaha to run for office in Nebraska, then bought a house in Fairacres to prove he was moving to Nebraska, then lost and took another job in Manhattan where he will also commute to lobby in Washington, DC. But hey, Omaha! Here’s how Kerrey wants you to vote!)
And they are sending out pre-paid postage letters for early voting — with the Nebraska Democrat’s plan to call Jean Stothert a (shudder!) Tea Partier! (Yeah, make that stick NDP…)
And there seems to be an increase in attention on South Omaha and their voting block.
But don’t think that Stothert is letting up on South O. This piece is going to South O, noting the support by South O business. (Oh, and there is a Spanish version as well.)
Basically, Suttle turned his back on the South O business community on the sewer-separation issue — and Jean Stothert took it, ran with it, and worked to solve the issue.
But here is what we DO know. When Jim Suttle and his campaign get backed into a corner, they start thrashing around and doing all sorts of crazy things. (See: Homeless, Paying to vote.)
There is no way this will end normally.
So hey, non-Omahans!
Here’s what we got:
Everyone is waiting on Dave Heineman’s Senate decision.
Yeah, big news, right?
But seriously, if Heineman does NOT run for Senate, then the floodgates will open as to who is getting in the races.
For Senate, count in Shane Osborn. Maybe Pete Ricketts? Probably Jeff Fortenberry.
(Which would be a rich-dichotomy for the Josh and Jessica Moenning household to figure out.)
And there are mysterious others who could be in as well.
SOMEONE was recently in the field polling on the Senate candidate question. We still are unsure who it could have been. Could have been the Gov. Could have been Pete. Heck, could have been the NRSC.
But the interest is great. And we will tell you that there are well-connected peeps who are all over the map as far as what they think Governor Dave will do.
And his decision will likely have repercussions on the Governor’s race as well, since whoever clears the path for the Governor would likely take a look at the Gov’s McMansion as an alternative to the Senate. (Interesting question as to which is the better gig, overall. Any thoughts?)
And we still are of the belief that Mike Flood will get back in the Governor’s race. But since that decision will be based 100% on Flood’s wife’s health, they likely will not rush it, and will be thorough. And we obviously wish them the best and that they make the best decision for them.
(And we would also note that should Flood decide to run, all those who think that he is making a bad political decision that could hurt his wife should just STFU. Flood already showed that he was willing to drop his political aspirations for his wife’s health, and it is clear he wouldn’t get back in unless they and their doctors were certain.)
BUT that all being said…it is not as if Flood’s name ID is some sort of gold-standard across the state. Same obviously for state Senator Charlie Janssen. Which leads us to believe that there is certainly room for more contenders to get in the race — especially if they can afford to sell themselves on the airwaves to let people learn who they are. Because Janssen and Flood will have to do the same.
We think you could make an argument that Ricketts and Osborn would have less of a task in the name ID department, but we aren’t clear that they are currently interested in the Gov’s office.
So that still leaves it wide open.
And it leaves us waiting on the Governor.
We hear that he could wait as late as the Fall to announce his decision. Though we wonder if others will pressure him to make it earlier.
And whether that pressure makes any difference…
We know many of you are keen to discuss the legislature stuff, and please have at it. Also the Lincoln races!
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