A political unknown, Herbster will have the ability to self-fund the startup of his campaign to sell himself statewide.
Those who know him believe he has a strong personal story to tell, and his politics run Nebraska conservative.
Over the weekend, Herbster made it known that he will be off and running.
Add him to state Senator Charlie Janssen and “possibly” former state Speaker Mike Flood on the Republican side.
Former regent Chuck Hassebrook and state Senator Steve Lathrop (for all intents and purposes) are in for the Dems.
[UPDATE at 2:50pm: We have not changed what we reported last week about Flood’s stance. (Our “quotes” up there a a wink to you, Reader.) We have heard from numerous sources that Flood is in. We realize he says he has “not changed his stance.” We realize he has said he has not “made any announcements.” We simply have stated, and continue with that, that Flood WILL announce for Governor for 2014. Not sure when he will do it, but that he WILL do it. (Oh, and put a few too many Dr. Peppers into your local political reporters and they will confirm it too.)]
A few have asked about the whole “Charlie Janssen – Gangnam style” video from the Sine Die gig.
Here’s the thing. That would have been a run-of-the mill, slightly funny, a little partisan skit in general, and you would not have heard much about it.
What took it to another level was the portrayal of Janssen’s wife in the video.
That was uncalled for, mean-spirited and all those who took part in that aspect of the video should apologize to Janssen and his wife for it.
The part where it was a partisan video, making fun of Janssen and his campaign…meh. It was done in the spirit of a private partisan party, so –on that aspect — them’s the breaks. There really shouldn’t be much whining about that — though we would suggest that in those situations if you’re going to make fun of an R, you also make fun of a D, and everyone is happy.
But the suggestion from some in the news media that this is all just about “Conservatives” upset at a partisan video is really a load of crap and they should be ashamed for taking sides against Janssen’s family on this.
Those who are willing to report it, without explicitly pointing out that the video featrued AND made an unflattering portrayal of Janssen’s wife, are frankly just as culpable as those who made it. Where is Erin Grace of the OWH taking a courageous stand on this issue? She lamented an elected pol getting called a bad-word on a Facebook post as the end of the modern world, but something like this is cool — what, because it was trying to be “funny”?
No, it’s because Janssen is a pro-gun, anti-amnesty conservative, so pretty much anything is fair-game for him and his family.
Welcome to the two-faced media, Senator.
Gee, who coulda seen that coming?
Speaking of amnesty, we had brought up a few weeks ago outgoing Senator Mike Johanns position on the immigration bill in the Senate.
To follow-up, Johanns has now drawn somewhat of a line-in-the-sand with his recent Op-Ed in the OWH.
It would seem that he has heeded the views of the majority of his constituents on what many note is a wildly expensive bill that will do zilch for border-security.
And yet there are some who seem to almost be saying that we have to pass it to see how good it will be.
That sounds awfully familiar. Where have we heard that before?
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