Sasse is (officially) in for #NESEN

Ben Sasse 05The AP is reporting that Midlands University President Ben Sasse has filed his paperwork with the Nebraska Secretary of State to be a candidate for U.S. Senate in 2014.

He joins Shane Osborn and Bart McLeay as candidates in the GOP field that many feel is filled up.

Leavenworth Street first featured Sasse back in February when he was a super-unknown.

More when we have it.

118 comments

  1. newsflash says:

    Not sure what PR advice sasse is being given but normally announcing for U.S. senate doesn’t make your previous problems go away…

    We still don’t know why Sasse kept the details of his AD’s firing secret. How many more kids were afraid to come forward or hurt knowing that the university was just slipping it under the rug.

  2. Bob Krist for Gov says:

    Bob said today he “has opted against a run for higher elected office”. Noooooo Bob, say it isn’t so!

  3. ricky says:

    This is the guy that had an op-ed in the OWH a few days ago about how bad Obamacare is. That is the best the G O P has got? Fighting a two year old battle?
    I think the state needs someone to help implement the law not go on a wild goose chase trying to go back in time like the law was never passed. That is what Lee Terry’s House of Representatives is doing voting like 50 times to repeal the law.
    Get some fresh ideas Mr Sasse and the G O P.

    ricky

  4. Ricky for Gov says:

    “I think the state needs someone to help implement the law not go on a wild goose chase trying to go back in time like the law was never passed.”

    That was an attempt at thinking, Ricky, and a very poor one at that.

  5. ricky says:

    Repeal Obamacare is that what Mr Sasse is running on? Give it up G O P the law is here to stay. Thank you Senator Nelson for bringing health care to millions more people.
    I don’t know who Sasse is but he must be a loser if this is his platform.

    ricky

  6. Interested Observer says:

    Sasse said “After weeks of listening across our state, it is obvious that Nebraskans want change in government,” Sasse said Tuesday in a written statement. “That means electing someone who will call nonsense on Washington’s endless false promises, who actually knows how to dismantle Obamacare, and who will stand up to political leadership, regardless of party.”

    I always kinda thought that Mike Johanns DID call “nonsense” and DID stand up to political leadership, when he felt he needed to. I wonder what Johanns thinks of Sasse’s call for “change in government”?

    It looks like Sasse might have chosen his words a little differently, just to not seem to be personally insulting Johanns quite so much, especially when this seems to be the basis of the entire campaign.

  7. Anonymous says:

    What a lame Johnny come lastly. His piece in the OWH didn’t mention one thing of what he intended to do. Instead it just rehashed the stew after stirring it. Why can’t Nebraska get a Rand Paul to run for Senate instead of these flash in a pan duds who have to tour a state to lsten before having a clue of what is going on in the minds of voters? My God. Turn on local talk radio and you get an earful. Sasse is wasting daylight and in no way can mount a viable campaign of 93 counties with little ot no name recognition with less than 300 days. His fast track at Midlands was boosted by the demise of Dana College—it isn’t as though he parted the waters and students came to his doorstep. The guy needs to complete his learning curve instead of crammng for a test with little to no class attendance. Above all…..learn some manners and practice simple courtesy I emailed him weeks ago as did a colleague and he did nothing. Definitely Senate material.

  8. Oh Ricky says:

    Ricky, in case you haven’t figured it out, Obamacare is just getting started and, by the adminstration’s own admission, is failing. They can’t execute the law that they passed and are ignoring statutory mandates in order to get something, anything, up and running in October. It is just the biggest financial, technological and *gasp* political issue of a generation so, yeah, I guess a politician shouldn’t talk about it.

  9. Interested Observer says:

    What’s the deal with Anthony Weiner? At this point he should do the right thing and drop his campaign as fast as he drops his pants.

    The only part of my “junk” that I’d ever post on the internet is a pic of my antique tractor.

  10. anonymous says:

    Lee Terry is DONE. He voted against Amash’s amendment to limit the NSA’s authority and stop them from spying on people who are not under investigation.

    I have always been a strong Terry supporter but my support for him has been wavering these past three years. He makes BS votes that leadership tells him he can get away with because us poor hillbillies back in the district won’t find out. Terry is one of 217 hacks in the house who have to go. I hope a good Republican primaries him.

  11. Off Topic says:

    I know this is off topic, but I would think the citizens of Omaha would be showing more outrage over the recent killings of Omaha citizens by illegals. First, the guy in South Omaha who was high on meth killing citizens of Omaha, and now the 19 year old who raped and killed a 90+ year old woman. It appears that there is an effort to keep quiet on the illegal status in an effort to assure that the immigration bill finally makes it through congress. I feel terrible for the families of the victims who’s loved ones were killed by illegals.

  12. Gaius Grachus says:

    Off Topic, what is your point? If we built a high enough fence to prevent illegal immigration the murder rate would drop to zero? Coldly say “Papers, please” to everyone “Driving while brown,” and send ’em all packing back to wherever they came from? Won’t it be great when we only have true blue, American citizen murderers to deal with?

    Let’s find out how these illegals were paid. One guy was a roofer, so ultimately you have some roofing company responsible, no matter how many layers of contractors and sub-contractors separate them.

    As for drugs, people living East of 72nd St. wouldn’t sell drugs if people West of 72nd St. didn’t buy them. Comparatively wealthy folks in white, West Omaha have been getting high for 40 years with no consequences for their destructive behavior. There appears to be some tacit agreement that we don’t talk about some peoples addictions. I know addiction is a disease, but at the risk of misusing the word, criminal behavior is comorbid. It’s like prostitution. You can arrest whores forever and there will still be position. Start arresting johns, convicting them, and jailing them, and things change quickly.

    Let’s put some good Republican and Democratic crackheads and meth fiends in jail. Then those scary illegals will have to find something else to do

  13. Macdaddy says:

    I would say that Off Topic’s point is we shouldn’t make it easier for the 12 million foreign criminals who are already here to go on and commit even bigger crimes. The Rubio amnesty bill would do just that. Obama’s de-facto-amnesty immigration policy does just that. We have enough native-born criminals. We don’t need to import more.

  14. Gaius' brother Tiberius says:

    Dear brother Gaius,

    You wrote that drivel at #28, then had the gall to ask Off Topic what his point was? Dear brother, what the hell was YOUR point?

  15. TexasAnnie says:

    Gerard:
    More congressional Democrats voted to end domestic surveillance than Republicans!
    This is just more evidence that Republicans DO NOT adhere to their own political platform.
    That’s the real shame of voting Republican…

  16. TexasAnnie says:

    I know of whom the alter-ego Gaius portrays; infusing Tiberius as the alter-alter-ego makes ANY POINT BEING MADE OFF TOPIC!

  17. To Lincoln Guy says:

    No Ben is not the next Dan Welch. You could have been confused by the haircut from Garbo’s and the bronzer.

  18. Macdaddy says:

    RWP, resistance is futile. The government knows how to hack your car. I suggest installing a 5 point harness and wearing a helmet. Maybe install some roll bars.

  19. RWP says:

    Macdaddy

    My brother, who legally wanders the innards of major corporations and gummint agencies as a white hat hacker, says in principle it could be done, but it would be so much easier to cut the brake lines.

  20. Interested Observer says:

    RWP, I don’t like the idea of a rogue “Big Brother” government agency rifling through my communications. I also don’t like a rogue terrorist group attacking us, so I’m fairly torn between balancing those 2 issues.

    My question is this and I admit I don’t have an opinion on this yet, does somebody like Gov. Chris Christie actually make a legitimate argument when he warns that limiting the government’s (NSA) power to monitor communications might put the country at risk to more terrorist attacks?

    If so, then where do we draw the line, if at all, between supporting a strong national defense and protecting our own personal freedom? Again, I don’t know and I don’t have any position on this yet, I’m still trying to decide.

    What are your thoughts about Christie’s comments? Does he go too far and is he just pandering to his anticipated voters and donors?

  21. Ace says:

    I don’t look anything like Ben Sasse. I wouldn’t mind if he hired me as Midland’s new AD. It sounds like a great gig!

  22. Terrorism has been part of American life since our inception. Previous generations managed to live with it within the 4th amendment (mostly). The government cannot make us perfectly safe, and I’d rather it didn’t try. At some point you trade off the danger of terrorism against the danger of an authoritarian government. Perhaps it’s because I grew up with terrorism, but at the moment I’m more afraid of the government having too much power.

    Christie, on the other hand, is a former prosecutor. He can’t conceive of too much government power.

  23. Maybe, Just Maybe says:

    Since local, state, and federal authorities ignored the fact the 19 year old immigrant was illegal, maybe he thought he could get away with the brutal rape and murder of an Omaha citizen.

    A recent editorial said that perhaps if there were any good to come out of this sordid crime, it might be that we look out for each other.

    Maybe, just maybe, we should look out for illegals coming across our borders.

  24. Omaha In The News says:

    The killings committed by illegals in Omaha were featured on Friday by Rush Limbaugh on his talk show, and by Laura Ingraham when she filled in for O’Reilly. Nebraskans must not allow Terry, Fortenberry, or Smith to vote yes on an immigration bill that is anything like the U.S. Senate’s version. Illegal criminals must not be given amnesty under any circumstances.

  25. Gaius Gracchus says:

    The OWH listed other rape/murders over a 30+ year period. While not a representative sample of crimes or (as I prefer) a census of all such crimes, the six examples in the OWH were crimes committed by home-grown murderers. Fabricating a association between “criminal” and “illegal [immigrant]” is disingenuous. All illegal immigrants are not, by virtue of their immigration status, automatically felons, murderers & rapists. The heineous crime in Little Italy. cruel, vicious and violent, is an event, not a pattern. The pattern is of young, often addicted young men who assault elderly women; forgive me for favoring an immediate, 2nd Ammendment solution to this problem. Regardless of immigration status.

  26. Brother Tiberius says:

    Ask the family of the 93 year old who was raped and killed by an illegal and see if they think an association between criminal and illegal is a “fabrication,”

    Ask the families of those shot by the meth crazed illegal in South Omaha just a few weeks ago if connecting illegal and criminal is “disingenuous.”

    If your family was affected personally by an illegal criminal, perhaps you would come down off of your “oh can’t we all just get along” perch.

    Those who cannot see the pattern are pandering to the left’s insidious march toward amnesty for illegals, even illegal criminals.

    And who is to say the 19 year old illegal who committed the most recent heinous act will suffer any legal consequences? He is, after all, a protected person.

    Mom taught us to be forthright and to know the difference between right and wrong. Where did you slide into the ditch, brother Gaius?

  27. TexasAnnie says:

    I just went to the OWH site and though it claimed providing a list, no list appears at the on-line articles I read. So I can only take you at your word, Gaius, that “Fabricating a(sic) association between ‘criminal’ and ‘illegal [immigrant]’ is disingenuous.”

    Your point is well taken: the event of the crime should guide the penalty, not the status of the criminal. Brother Tiberius erroneously attributes this event to the act of entering the United States illegally. Both events are criminal; only the former carries a consequence of Nebraska’s death penalty. Furthermore, “amnesty for illegals” implies amnesty only for entering the United States illegally. It does not imply amnesty for any other crime.

    Mom taught you the difference between right and wrong well enough, Gaius. But it appears the lessons in being forthright were lacking. We could simply argue for and against ethics using our usual personas…

  28. Interested Observer says:

    What are the ethics of “an immediate, 2nd Ammendment solution to this problem” in lieu of a Constitutionally mandated trial within the Judicial System? Does everything have to come down to a Mel Brooks inspired “Young Frankenstein” type of mob scene, replete with torches AND pitch forks?

    Let the Courts have their chance and then let the kid live the rest of his life in an American maximum security prison, since he seemed to want to live here so badly. Then, see how he likes it.

  29. Macdaddy says:

    The 2nd amendment solution Gaius refers to is the family putting two in the back of Spanky’s head while he was having his way with great granny. You are correct that now that he is caught, we shouldn’t lynch him. But guess what? His actions didn’t earn him the Nebraskacdeath penalty either. The Mexican consulate is busy trying to get him released as we speak. The government of Mexico, along with the Obama administration will put tremendous pressure on Nebraska not to seek the death penalty. Mexico doesn’t even have life in prison and they think their exported criminals should enjoy the same free reign they get at home. This guy has more rights than the rest of us.

  30. Gaius Gracchus says:

    Alas I was always the hotter head – probably why I lost mine. But my brother misspeaks. The principle Roman virtue is equity. There is no equity in making all illegal immigrants rapist-murderers when ONE illegal immigrant committed this offense. Mother would have you flogged twice, once for impiety and again for insolence.

  31. OWH Reader says:

    Who in Omaha cared whether Susie Buffet turned 60??? The woman is only famous because of her father and her spending of his money.

  32. Macdaddy says:

    Gaius, one committed this offense, another committed that offense, a third committed another and so on and so on. What do they all have in common? If our government had been better at protecting our borders, none of them would have been here to commit these offenses. In turn, lower class Americans would actually have jobs which has all kinds of moral positives which would lead to perhaps fewer young Americans growing up in fatherless, directionless households which would lead to less crime. Criminality begets criminality. Rudy Guiliani showed that if you don’t tolerate any crime, violent crime decreases. We are tolerating massive amounts of crime nationwide and soon we will reward the criminals. But you contend it was just one person who murdered a 93 year old lady. What about all the people who aided and abetted his existence in this country? He didn’t just spring out of thin air.

  33. To: OWH Reader says:

    And what about the “news” article written by Rick Ruggles–the whiney, complainey article about how if Nebraska does not expand welfare (Medicaid), there will be needy people who miss out on health coverage? A few days ago, the OWH ran an article about how the Obama admistration would be spending millions of taxpayer dollars to promote ObamaCare. Will the OWH, then they take taxpayer money to run the ads promoting ObamaCare, actually indicate that it is an advertisement? Or wiill they just pay guys like Ruggles to write favorable articles on ObamaCare, and call it a “news” story????

    Most hard-working, taxpaying Nebraska are tired of working their asses off to pay for their own healthcare and pay for their taxes–we don’t need guys like Ruggles pleading and whining for us to pay even more so slackers and poor decision makers have it for free.

  34. Anonymous says:

    The term “illegal immigrant” is offensive to every real immigrant and a misnomer because to immigrate is by definition always LEGAL entry. There is a US Immigration office. If you don’t use it, if you don’t knock on the door, you aren’t an immigrant but rather you are breaking and entering, trespassing, an invader. To call someone an “Illegal Immigrant” is like waking up to find people in your bedroom having broken into your home and calling them “Illegal house guests”.

  35. Patriot says:

    Let’s not forget the crimes allegedly committed by Aaron Hernandez. Obviously his last name should have been tip off that he was a criminal.

  36. When Wiil It End? says:

    The Lincoln Journal Star is reporting the sexual assault of a 13 year old American citizen of Dorchester, Nebraska by an illegal immigrant. Yes, an illegal immigrant. You, anon at 7:51, can call him whatever you like, but it would be interesting to know what you would call him if the 13 year old were your daughter.

  37. Please Step Forward says:

    With all of the killings, rapes, and sexual assaults in Nebraska by illegals in the past month, would any Nebraska politician currently holding national office, or any Nebraska politician who is running for governor, state senator, or U.S. Senate please step forward and tell us if they agree with the U.S.Senate bill that would allow legalization and amnesty before securing the border?

  38. Wait...what? says:

    The violent crimes committed by undocumented workers have nothing to do with the fact that they are undocumented. It’s the old correlation vs. causation argument. These people are violent criminals who happen to be undocumented, not violent criminals BECAUSE they are undocumented.

    What research has consistently shown is that the violent crime rate among undocumented workers is 5-8 times LOWER than the population as a whole. This makes sense. A vast majority of people who come to this country illegally are not canteloupe-calved drug mules. They are people who are seeking to flee horrible conditions back home and make a better life for themselves. The threat of deportation provides a significant DISINCENTIVE to commit any sort of crime, let alone a violent one.

    This data is further born out in the crime rates of border cities like San Diego and El Paso, which have some of the lowest violent crime rates in the country while also having some of the largest undocumented populations.

    To try to assign causation to these tragic cases and further an anti-immigrant political agenda is the worst form of opportunism. Seriously, what the heck are you all talking about?

  39. To 9:55 says:

    The crime rate among “undocumented workers” is 100%. They are here illegally.

    I am tired of this “anti-immigrant” slur that the amnesty crowd casually tosses around. Legal immigration is an asset to the country, illegal immigration is not. And despite your very questionable statistics on violent crime and illegal aliens (5 out of 6 aliens surveyed said they don’t commit violent crimes?) for every DUI, rape, assault, or murder that hits the news every week, the outrage will continue to grow.

  40. Interested Observer says:

    It’s too bad that some of the “people who are seeking to flee horrible conditions back home” seem to be spreading those exact same horrible conditions here, once they arrive, and then impose those horrible conditions on all the rest of us.

    At some point, can’t some of those people simply just stay home and fix the “horrible conditions” there?

  41. @9:55 says:

    Please don’t call them undocumented workers. They are Illegal aliens. Immigrants are here legally and undocumented worker is what my son is when he cuts grass for the neighbor twice a week and doesn’t report it as income.

    Make no mistake, if someone is in this country without permission and proper documentation, they are an illegal alien. I don’t care if they’re trying to make a better life for themselves. I can break into a house and steal their flat screen in order to make a better life for myself, and it’s still illegal!

  42. Cooper says:

    I believe 9:55 has a point in his/her post. Making broad legislative decisions based on isolated events is reckless.
    Reminds me of the horrible bill put forward in the Senate in wake of the school shooting.

  43. Macdaddy says:

    The horrible bill in this case is the Rubio amnesty bill. These “isolated events” are not so isolated. They spring directly from lax enforcement of laws already on the books. I don’t have time to check Anon 9:55’s assertions, but if what he says is true, that being here illegally is a powerful motivator not to break any additional laws other than immigration law, avoidance of taxes, and identity theft, then legalization is going to lead to even more crime. Well, heck. Let’s do this, shall we?

  44. OWH Reader says:

    It seems Ben Sasse’s AD just told the Court he was not-guilty. I wonder if Ben is going to be a character witness for the man

  45. To OWH Reader says:

    Wait for the civil cases to start. I’ll bet you a hundred bucks that the family’s lawyers will file civil cases against Midland and its leaders. Sasse will get deposed at some point. This will be like Penn State.

  46. Anonymous says:

    Granted Sasse has no political traction and must feel he is a miracle worker, but to compare the Midlands mess to Penn State is a bit of a stretch. Let’s just say that idea falls flat and went boom.

  47. Interested Observer says:

    I’m not a fan of Sasse, but I’d still say his response to the allegations is exactly the OPPOSITE of the Penn State scandal.

    From the Midlands University statement in the Fremont Tribune, July 3, 2013, “When the university was made aware of the allegations, we investigated over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and met with the employee. He resigned on the spot, left campus, and we turned the information over to law enforcement,”.

    Sasse and Midlands took immediate, decisive action to do the right thing, while Penn State, allegedly, took immediate, decisive action to apparently cover up the whole thing . . . for years! That’s 2 completely different approaches.

    I’d venture to say that there are plenty of other things to argue against Sasse about, but from what I can see, this one doesn’t have the same traction that other, legitimate issues have.

  48. To IO says:

    You raise some good points. I for one don’t think this is Penn State but I do question how this guy got hired. What were his qualifications? Dr. Sasse vouched for him at his hiring. A leader is judged by his decisions. This was a very bad decision. Wouldn’t you agree?

  49. Interested Observer says:

    YES, I absolutely agree! And you make a good point.

    Even though Sasse did, apparently, a good job of ending this episode, he obviously remains completely responsible for starting this, with the hire, in the first place.

  50. Great Strides says:

    In the November 29th Fremont Tribune article “MU Searching For New Director of Athletics,” Ben Sasse is quoted “The department of athletics has made great strides in recent years.” That was the day after he found out the A.D. was a sexual predator.

    I have a feeling that Ben Sasse’s political career is going to end up face down floating in the Loup River.

  51. To: Great Strides says:

    The float down the Loup River will have to wait. Hardly enough water there to float a leaf from a cottonwood tree.

  52. Where in the world is Ben Sasse says:

    In the 10 days since this post has anyone heard a peep from the Sasse campaign? … Crickets

  53. Bauer's tricks says:

    His boy Darold is busy setting up the PAC they’ll use to falsely accuse Mcleay of defending Kirby Gosnell or something stupid like that.

  54. Ben Bradlee says:

    Hilarious piece from the Journal Star ed board today. They say Charlie Janssen is “anti-immigrant” for saying we should secure the border and enforce the law. Has that hyperbolic idiot Gordon Winters ever left his office? He clearly doesn’t understand that calling Janssen out on this issue only helps him.

  55. The frothing-at-the-mouth attacks on Janssen by vile Kyle, Melinda Frevert, Ari Kohen, the LJS et al. make me want to volunteer for his campaign. Anyone the local left feels compelled to lie about so egregiously, more than a year before the election, has got to be worth considering.

  56. I think the reason we’re seeing hysterics from the left about Janssen is they realize that what he actually said, as opposed to what they’re lyingly attributing to him, is true. Obama’s lax immigration policy directly led to the rape and murder of that 93 year old woman. So, to a limited extent, they all have blood on their hands, and they’re reacting out of guilt.

  57. Macdaddy says:

    RWP, I think you are being too kind. It’s not from a sense of guilt. They know they are holding a loser of a political position. None of them give a rat’s ass about a dead 93 year old, especially if her name got struck from the voter rolls already.

  58. Interested Observer says:

    That’s a pretty calloused way to phrase it and it’s also unnecessarily disrespectful to memory of the lady.

  59. In the Know says:

    If you are convicted of DUI Canada has the right to exclude you from entering this country. This immigration bill does not exclude gang bangers and those with long rap sheets. These “Valedictorians” of criminality should be deported immediately.

  60. anonymous says:

    We know where Janssen stands on immigration. He is anti-cantaloupe calved drug mule. We have a good idea where Pete Ricketts stands (hint: it’s the wrong side)

    And Herbsters off to the side all like “uhhh i like cantaloupes”

  61. herbster is from... says:

    Was at the sarpy county fair today. Even the announcer found it hard to believe this herbster guy is from Nebraska? Who is is this guy and what does he stand for? The rich neighborhood in KS doesnt really tell the whole story…

  62. Rahm it Through says:

    Why is nobody talking about how Ricketts bent over backwards to appease Rahm Emanual in Chicago? At least Hebster is dealing in midwest politics. Leave the chicago way to Pete and his cronies….

  63. Tonic & Tonic says:

    When will the Herbster make any of his opinions known? A policy statement? Maybe a reaction to something in the news? We don’t know if he is dealing is Nebraska politics. Hell, we don’t even known for sure if he’s running because he hasn’t announced yet.

  64. Ricketts for Nebraska says:

    I’m rooting for Pete Ricketts to get in the race for Governor. With his proven conservative credentials and his business background, he can build on the legacy that Governor Heineman is leaving. Republicans need a candidate that has built a life in Nebraska, built a business in Nebraska, invested in Nebraska – not to mention carried water to the elephant and helped Nebraska Republicans.

    Charlie Jansen seems fine, but I don’t really take him too seriously. And Herbster has cattle in Falls City as a hobby but he runs his real business, Conklin, out of Kansas City. How can he talk about creating Nebraska jobs when he chose to create jobs elsewhere? And if he were Governor how could he recruit companies to Nebraska or encourage businesses to expand here when he wasn’t willing to do that himself? How can he promote Nebraska convention and tourism when he holds Conklin’s swanky national conventions in Branson? How can he promote NU when is wife just went to Atlanta for surgery instead of going to UNMC? I’m not even sure how he claims residency with a straight face.

  65. To Ricketts says:

    Are you a member of the Obama Death panels?
    Are you really trying to dictate medical care to Mr and Mrs Herbster?
    Please, do not extinguish the final rays of market forces.

  66. Macdaddy says:

    Wow, IO is lecturing me about callousness and disrespect? Didn’t you try to use your dead neighbors to score cheap political points against Deb Fischer? Make that US Senator Deb Fischer. Did their children ever support you in your imaginary slights?

  67. Buck Turgidson says:

    Right, nobody fears Charlie, except for Kyle Michaelis, Bold Nebraska, the LJS editorial board, and just about every other opponent of liberty and prosperity in the state. Herbster Carlson Ricketts don’t have the balls to make enemies of Republican enemies. That’s why Charlie is catching fire.

  68. Not John Gale says:

    Ricketts for Governor forgot to add that it should be hard for him to encourage folks to vote for him in the Primary since he himself never votes in Primaries. What leadership!

  69. B&W and read all over says:

    Pete Ricketts is a solid conservative with executive experience. Integrity. Character. He’ll stand out in an otherwise weak, flawed field.

  70. To Ricketts For Nebraska says:

    I am glad that you supporting Ricketts for Nebraska. I think that Pete has a lot of good qualities and I admire Joe for building his company.

    But why then do you attack Herbster? He is a self-made man who would be the ideal ambassador to recruit business to Nebraska. He has extensive experience in Ag and growing businesses and can relate to the target businesses being recruited to Nebraska (typical Ag-business).

    I am making a guess, but it seems that you are repeating talking points from Ricketts camp.

  71. KC Chamber says:

    Actually, Herbster would be ideal to recruit businesses to Missouri, since that’s where he moved his business and that’s where he hosts all his Amway conventions. Pete would be 100 times better at recruiting businesses here since he just built a world headquarters in Omaha.

    Ricketts has more significant experience than Herbster in every possible way, unless that experience is getting warning letters from the FDA because you’re making false claims on your products. Herbster has everyone beat there.

  72. To KC Chamber? says:

    ‘since he just built a world headquarters in Omaha?”

    I love the green building. Most TD workers acknowledge that Joe Ricketts built the company and Joe Moglia & his management team built the world headquarters. Pete Ricketts is a stockholder who was given a seat on the board of directors.

    Pete Ricketts has done some good things for Nebraska, in between trips, but please do not overstate his accomplishments.

  73. Facts says:

    @113. Herbster hasn’t done it for ag, his people have. And they are not employees, they are independent. They have largely done it in spite of him, not because of him. But I am sure he will take the credit, that’s his style.

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