The Democrats finally have a U.S. Senate candidate. His name is Jim Jenkins a former restaurateur who lives near Callaway, Nebraska (somewhere between Broken Bow and North Platte). Jenkins was a Democrat, but
realizing that a Democrat can’t get elected statewide becoming “frustrated by the parties”, became an Independent, for the purposes of running for U.S. Senate.
So Jenkins now must gather 4,000 signatures in order to get his name on the ballot. From his restaurant biz, Jenkins apparently has the cash to put together a signature plan, but we will also not be surprised to see the Nebraska Democrat party lend him a hand. Both of the two “Independents” currently in the U.S. Senate caucus with the Democrats. We would assume that would be Jenkins plan as well.
Much like Pete Festersen, Jenkins (at least according to the OWH story) did not have anything to say about his stance on ObamaCare or any other federal issues — on which Senators are known to vote.
Sending out the Jenkins press release was “Consultant and Communications Director” Dan Parsons (“Dan Dan the PR Man”), formerly of Don Stenberg’s failed 2012 Republican U.S. Senate bid.
So did the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee (the DCCC) sucker Pete Festersen into a run for Congress against Lee Terry?
Festersen had announced that he was not going to run for Congress because his daughters are too young and he could do a better job serving Omaha on the City Council.
But, right smack in the middle of the Government shutdown, when Congressional polling — for both parties, and for the President — were at their lowest, the DCCC goes into the field and pulls out a poll that says, “hey, unannounced Democrat could win in NE-02!”
Well how about that.
So the DCCC and Joe Biden then call up Pete Festersen on his wall mounted telephonic device until the attached vibrating bells cause the handheld “receiver” part of the “telephone” it to “ring off the hook”. And when Festersen finally grabs the dangling cord of said receiver and announces “Ahoy-hoy“, the DCCC whispers the sweet honey into his ear that HE could be a CONGRESSMAN!
Hmm. Polling, eh?
Shows Terry could lose, yeah?
Where have we heard THAT before?
Well, it could be the poll that showed Jim Esch could beat Terry.
Or the poll that showed, just weeks before the election, that Tom White would beat Terry.
Or the poll that showed Jon Ewing would beat Terry.
Yep, those polls can sure do magic.
Someone may want to advise Festersen that sometimes the magicians aren’t always on the up-and-up, and sometimes consider their audience to be…suckers.
The Senate Conservative Fund jumped into the Nebraska U.S. Senate race once again, this time endorsing Ben Sasse for the aforementioned
2016(whoops) 2014 race.
Sasse has come out recently, along with Shane Osborn, as being behind the Ted Cruz strategy of shutting down the government in order to stop ObamaCare. Both Sasse and Osborn said they would not have voted to restart the Government. Sid Dinsdale and Bart McLeay, both anti-ObamaCare as well, have questioned the Cruz strategy, and have said they would have voted the same as Senators Deb Fisher and Mike Johanns.
The SCF was last involved in Nebraska in 2012, when they heartily and vociferously endorsed Don Stenberg’s candidacy. Of course, the SCF’s strategy seemed to be more about tearing down Jon Bruning than it was building up Stenberg. Many credit the efforts of the SCF for the eventual movement and victory of the Deb Fischer campaign (Fischer 41%, Bruning 35%, Stenberg 18%). The SCF then endorsed Fischer in the general.
The SCF’s endorsement will be an interesting note as Sasse and Osborn battle is out, apparently, for the official Tea Party endorsements. Without doing a lap with Ted Cruz on their shoulders, Dinsdale and McLeay will likely not get the full-throated support of the official Tea Party entities, though we have a hard time seeing any other reason for conservatives not to support either of them.
Oh, and hey, NE-01 Congressman Jeff Fortenberry has himself a Democrat opponent.
That would be Dennis Crawford, a plaintiff’s attorney and Nebraska Democrat Party insider.
Now YOU, Leavenworth Street reader, may be VERY familiar with Dennis.
Dennis, has been a frequent commenter here on Leavenworth Street. He has been very vocal about things like ObamaCare, and was often found defending Bob Kerrey and knocking Deb Fischer on these pages.
One can move their mouse over to the “Search Leavenworth Street” section of this website to do a quick review of some of Dennis’s work. We, of course, have it all in our archives and may bring some of it out as the campaign rolls along.
Vocal fella, that Dennis.
And we always get updates via our Google updater about the various Governor candidates.
Janssen and McCoy and Carlson (be sure to catch the latest Carlson video on the YouTubes) and Ricketts and even Hassebrook and Dubas are out pounding the pavement, kissing hands and shaking babies.
But we honestly do not see that much movement from the Mike Foley camp.
Except that we DO see Foley in the news still.
And it always seems to be based on a beef that he has with the Governor or one of the agencies under the Gov’s purview.
Now we’re not saying that Foley and Heineman are ALWAYS locking horns.
It is just that we are not sure why Foley would want to continually pick fights with the popular Governor, politics-wise.
Just an observation.
Oh and hey Jane Kleeb and the Boldies:
Looky-loo who is the latest Keystone XL Pipeline supporter!
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