Sid Dinsdale will announce his U.S. Senate run on Monday at 10:00 am at Dinsdale Bros., Inc in Palmer, NE, then at 1:30 pm at Embassy Suites in Lincoln and finally at 3:30 pm at the Heartland Cafe in Elkhorn.
Dinsdale’s run had been rumored — then unofficially confirmed — for some time. Dinsdale himself has been chatting with people, asking what they would think of him running.
He will be the fourth entrant into the Senate race — Shane Osborn, Ben Sasse and Bart McLeay are also in as well. However, Dinsdale will have one advantage the others don’t: self-funding ability.
In the recent poll out, Dinsdale’s name was included among the other candidates.
He came in second to Shane Osborn’s 41% with 7%. Notably, he DID best both Sasse and McLeay by a few points. His name ID also came in higher than Sasse by 5 points and McLeay by 10 — though still 60 points below Osborn’s 80%.
However, he should have an advantage over the other two in spending some cash quickly to get his name ID up there. From there, anything can happen (and that goes with Sasse and McLeay as well) considering some 44% of those polled are still undecided.
As the 2012 race rings a bell for everyone, one thing that Osborn DOES have going for him are the relatively high favorables that we don’t think Jon Bruning or Don Stenberg entered with back then (though none of this is apples to apples).
We would just note that it is still early, and MY what an exciting time we’re in for!
Oh and hey, look at Kay Orr out there hosting a fundraiser for Ben Sasse…
Governor candidate Beau McCoy went on a full-state rollout for his campaign this week.
McCoy is hitting 20 cities (and towns, we presume) across the state.
Among other issues, look for McCoy to push “Tax Modernization” — a committee on which he is serving in the legislature.
Interesting the other day at the Mike Foley for Governor rollout, Foley hammered the current state Health and Human Services Department saying that if elected he would take it apart “brick by brick”.
Who runs HHS now? Oh yeah, Governor Dave Heineman, the longest serving Governor in Nebraska history.
So what did said current Governor have to say the other night in McCool Junction (according to Tweets from Gov candidate Charlie Janssen)?
“There will be an attempt in the legislature to repeal the death penalty. We should not let that happen.”
“Immigration is a federal issue, but when the federal govt fails to act, it becomes a state issue. We have to address it.”
Now, interesting on both of those…
Mike Foley is anti-death penalty.
Mike Foley was pro-pre-natal care for illegal immigrants.
Interesting that the Governor would hit THOSE two topics (among many, we are sure) to bring up right after Foley pretty much takes a direct swipe at him.
It will be interesting to see how this all pans out — particularly considering that Congressman Jeff Fortenberry has already stepped out with his endorsement of Foley.
And we really don’t want to make a big deal out of this…but… we here at Leavenworth Street like to look at ALL of the aspects of politics, and things that go into the minds of the voting public.
Think things like hair and mustaches and colors of signs don’t matter?
Think the voters only think about “issues” when they pull the lever?
Of course YOU, Leavenworth Street reader, know better.
So, we just sort of randomly noticed this about Foley:
Foley was elected to the legislature in 2000 and lived in Nebraska, we don’t know, X years before that. So he has lived in the state at least (probably) 20 years or more. So we’re not saying he’s not “Nebraskan”.
He is originally from upstate New York, and he stilllll has just a trace of that accent.
Note the following video.
We caught it on the word “dollars”, which comes out more like “dollahs”.
Though we also note that towards the end of the interview, the R in dollars gets more pronounced.
Now, we don’t know if this makes a difference to anyone.
And we don’t know if we’re just hearing things.
But in this crowded race, where every little item matters, we won’t be surprised to hear other candidates call themselves “lifelong Nebraskans” and whatnot, to try to get that edge.
And we here on Leavenworth Street are going on record:
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