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As we Tweeted, we have unearthed a video of a young Bo Pelini assisting his father in an auto-repair endeavor which sheds some light on his actions later in life.
See it here!
It was unfortunate when young Pelini Double-Dog-Dared Tom Shatel to lick the frozen flag pole…
If you haven’t seen this Taiwanese Pelini “scandal” animation, watch it NOW. It is a MUST see.
When we heard about the donation from Charles Herbster to the Beau McCoy for Governor campaign, we immediately Tweeted: “Holy crap!”
$800K ain’t nothin’ to sneeze at. Robynn Tysver of the OWH noted that it was more than Deb Fischer raised in her Senate primary.
And predictably the other camps are howling at the moon about it.
But from the get-go, all the stories that we have read point out that it is all legal — and was disclosed by the McCoy camp up front. So the other camps are questioning whether it is “right” to accept?
If the shoe was on the other campaign foot, would any of them have turned down that kind of cash? Mike Foley already said he may change his mind about taking the dirty PAC money. Pete Ricketts had no problem spending a wad of money back in 2006 — that some argue was given to him from his father. And do we think Charlie Janssen or Tom Carlson would turn down that kind of scratch?
And let’s remember that Senator Deb Fischer also got a bit of a boost at the end from one Joe Ricketts when he spent $180K on a final pro-Fischer ad blitz. Significantly less, and an independent expenditure, but still a chunk of change.
Point being, money can come from anywhere, but what matters is what you can do with it — and what kind of support you really have. Pete Ricketts will be the first to tell you that money doesn’t buy votes. But, Herbster would have been an immediate force in the Governor’s race. He was serious, and would have been a tough candidate had he stayed in.
We can be honest and say that McCoy automatically becomes a player in a race that is crowded and could be affected by how a message goes out. Ricketts won’t have that problem, but what about Foley? What about the others?
Speaking of Tysver, we are always interested by how she spins her stories. Regarding McCoy, we noticed right off that she questioned whether he would have the “maturity and experience” to be Governor. OK, experience, that’s a legitimate question for EVERY candidate. But “maturity”? He’s thirty-two freaking years old. He’s not sixteen. He has a wife,
two four kids and his own business. Since when does maturity become an “issue”, simply because he’s younger than the other candidates?
Does the Nebraska football coach’s “maturity” get a pass because he’s 45 years old?
Does Chuck Hassebrook’s “maturity” come into question because he got bullied out of the last race by Bob Kerrey? What happens if Annette Dubas threatens to take his lunch money?
We aren’t really surprised when we see the bias creep into a Tysver story or a Don Walton story, but we just feel that it’s worthwhile to point out to the L.St readers.
And then there’s Tysver’s mention that Pete Ricketts has the “potential to be a player”. Yeah? The former party nominee and Committeeman? Well then, let us know when that potential has been reached!
Charlie Janssen is called a “dark horse” who “could be a player”. Does that mean he also has “potential”? Does a “dark horse” have maturity?
And she pretty much writes off Tom Carlson.
And on the heels of the Jeff Fortenberry introduction of Mike Foley, and the Kay Orr fundraising for Ben Sasse, comes the endorsement of new Senate candidate Sid Dinsdale by…Tom Osborne.
The Osborne brand is still pretty much untouchable in the state — except we know that that doesn’t necessarily translate to Republican politics. Its not something we would ever turn down, but it’s also not necessarily the Midas touch either.
And then there’s that one other little goofy thing.
That would be Osborne’s most significant hire: One, Mark “Bo” Pelini.
(Yeah we had to look up that real first name.)
No word on who Tommie Frazier will be endorsing.
And for that matter (for real) who Dave Heinemann may endorse! We will say that at this point we won’t be surprised if DH steps up for someone. He had already done so for his old (Bad) Lieutenant. And he may step up just to take some points away from Mike Foley. It could happen.
However, we are probably a good six or seven months off from that.
Remember when Bob Kerrey was moving back to Nebraska?
And it had NOTHING to do with him trying to run for Senate. It was totally to have his family in Nebraska. Even had his son go to school in Omaha for a while.
And to PROVE it, he bought a house in Fairacres.
Yeah, well, Kerrey sold that house.
And told Joe Jordan he doesn’t get back to Nebraska “as much as (he) would like“.
But he’ll always have his sister’s couch…
Be sure to read the OWH’s Joe Morton’s further investigation into who really bought the Kerrey house, and Kerrey’s new address.
Also note that Morton actually refers to him as “Cosmic Bob”.
(Morton better be careful or he may find all of his See’s Candies coupons revoked…)