The U.S. Senate race has a new candidate. It is someone named, Clifton R. Johnson (no relation to Navin R. Johnson) from Fort Calhoun. Mr. Johnson owns the Perfect Stay Inn and Suites in Blair and Council Bluffs, Iowa and has an eleven year old daughter named America.
You can learn (slightly) more about Mr. Johnson at his campaign web-page. The site’s only image is that of George Washington, but we think we found a shot of him (to your right).
Good luck Mr. Johnson (and stay away from those cans)!
If you haven’t tired of the three-day old story of Pete Festersen quitting the 2nd District Congressional race, you’re in luck! Because the OWH’s Erin Grace does a fawning, Front Page, 1,000 word piece all about just how much Pete Festersen loves his family. Which is the REAL reason he just couldn’t become the next Mr. Smith going to Washington.
In the article we learn that Pete (who didn’t have time to raise money, but DOES have time to have a sit-down interview with Ms. Grace) has experience running for office, working for Senators, working for Mayors and has a bloodline of office holders in his family — but this whole money raising thing? Who knew??????
Sure Ms. Grace has the investigative chops to inform you that Pete’s daughter not only had the word “strawberry” in her spelling bee that Pete couldn’t miss, but ALSO the word “oxygen”! (See this is the sort of hard-hitting info you won’t get from publications like The Hill or Roll Call.)
But, maybe if Ms. Grace had asked around, she might have discovered, like we did, that apparently one of the reasons Mr. Festersen has had such a difficult time raising money is because of the way he bungled the recent MECA board appointment. And the Powers-That-Be in Omaha weren’t giving to his campaign like he had hoped.
Oh and then there’s that little matter of ObamaCare — about which Pete would not give ANY comments while he WAS a candidate — that is dashing the hopes of contending Democrats all across the country.
But hey, that would just spoil the nice story about Festersen — and the extra photo of Pete with his wife and two kids.
So here’s some hard-hitting news for ya:
Ya know what eases the pain of fund-raising all day long and missing your kid’s recital? Winning.
And winning easy. And KNOWING you’re going to win. That ALL of the misery you’re going through now will mean that you’re going to take that office by a landslide.
(Sort of like that if you’re a winning college football coach, all of your quirkities get washed away like the salt and scum down the car-wash drain.)
But that changed for Festersen. No slamdunk? Lee Terry may still pull it out?
Uh, then he’s got better things to do.
You know, like pick up his daughter from volleyball practice.
(Ooh, another hard-hitting detail!)
Shane Osborn released his list of law enforcement endorsements across the state. The group includes 32 County Sheriffs around Nebraska, including Tim Dunning of Douglas County and Bryan Tuma, former Colonel of the Nebraska State Patrol.
Here’s the list:
Adams County – Sheriff Gregg MaGee
Antelope County – Sheriff Robert Moore
Banner County – Sheriff Stanley McKnight
Boone County – Sheriff David Spiegel
Boyd County – Sheriff Cory Beverly
Brown County – Sheriff Bruce Papstein
Butler County – Sheriff Mark Hecker
Cass County – Sheriff Bill Brueggemann
Cedar County – Sheriff Larry Koranda
Cherry County – Sheriff Rusty Osburn
Cheyenne County – Sheriff John Jensen
Clay County – Sheriff Jeff Franklin
Colfax County – Sheriff Paul Kruse
Custer County – Sheriff Daniel Osmond
Dawes County – Sheriff Karl Dailey
Dawson County – Sheriff Gary Reiber
Dixon County – Sheriff (Duane)Dean Chase
Dodge County – Sheriff Steve Hespen
Douglas County- Sheriff Jim Dunning
Fillmore County – Sheriff William Burgess
Gosper County – Sheriff Dennis Ocken
Grant County – Sheriff Shawn Hebbert
Greeley County – Sheriff Dave Weeks
Lancaster County – Sheriff Terry Wagner
Lincoln County – Sheriff Jerome Kramer
Otoe County – Sheriff James Gress
Platte County – Sheriff Jon Zavadil
Polk County – Sheriff Dwain Ladwig
Sarpy County – Sheriff Jeff Davis
Scottsbluff County – Sheriff Mark Overman
Stanton County – Sheriff Michael Unger
Valley County – Sheriff Casey Hurlburt
Washington County – Sheriff Michael Robinson
We think the coming ad war is going to be vicious, but this sort of group doesn’t hurt Osborn.
And just to balance things out, here is that latest “energy” video from Ben Sasse.
Here’s what we’re on-board with:
1) these video press-releases are permanent, and there’s a chance people may watch them.
2) even though he’s standing outside on a really windy day, the audio is pretty decent. Good job whoever produced this.
Here’s what we’re NOT into:
1) another 4 and a half minute video about banal talking points with lines like, “We’re Nebraskans!” and “all of the above”? Sheesh. Let’s see the next one be a minute tops with a pull quote or so. Or maybe have your long one, and then a short, ad-length one. It’s not as if what was said here couldn’t be boiled down to a one-minute.
Again though, kudos to the Sasse camp with coming up with something that is post-able.
Unfortunately, unlike Sasse’s video, the Carlson video, even though it was done presumably in an office, sounds like the the microphone was placed inside an aide’s left shoe, which was inside an underwater coffee can at the time.
But otherwise, love the effort.
(And next time we expect this to be done WHILE on the waterskis.)
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Attorney General Jon Bruning and his family after his announcement that he has colon cancer.
We hope for a speedy recovery.
You may not like the thought of it, but it is getting down to crunch-time for your Christmas (and Festivus) shopping! So wrap yourself into your parka and giant fur hat and fight the traffic to park about a half mile away from the mall entrance, wherein you get to fight the teenagers who are texting the person next to them.
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