A short post on this Friday afternoon to finish up on a few items this week.
First, State Auditor Mike Foley for Governor has a new ad up.
See it here:
Long time Leavenworth St. readers know that we always like the “candidate talking to the camera” ads, so this one is a bit of a disappointment, only because Foley never addresses the audience. Instead we hear Congressman Jeff Fortenberry talking throughout.
Also, there are, well, a LOT of shots of the BACK of Foley’s head.
What’s going on with that, director guy?
And then there is an awful lot of Jeff Fortenberry talking (featuring the FRONT of Fortenberry’s, in-focus, head).
But did Fortenberry say, “…and give extrOIDinary service…“? Is that a Louisiana accent thing?
Anywho, otherwise, fine intro ad.
And a group called Special Operations for America has an ad up for Shane Osborn for U.S. Senate.
See it here:
This is a nice sort of bio spot, but it only focuses on Osborn’s military experience. That is definitely important in this Federal office, but we wonder at what point voters will want to hear more about his policy views and experience post-military.
Nice to have others put that out for him though.
The talk around the Legislature yesterday was that state Senator, and Governor candidate, Beau McCoy refused to play games with Senator Ernie Chambers on the floor.
An issue of having school superintendents’ salaries being public was being debated, and Chambers decided he was going to get all of the Gov candidates to go on the record on this issue. The floor procedure is known as “yielding to a question”, and usually senators yield.
(You can see the video here, and the short exchange begins at approximately the 1:44:50 mark.)
However, as many know, Chambers isn’t asking some open ended questions. He is asking leading questions, courtroom style, searching for the response he wants. It is really a political game for Chambers and he no-doubt gets a kick out of it.
Except McCoy decided to simply NOT play, and refused Chambers questions. And of course, in Ernie’s style, he made it a HUGE deal, continuing to call out McCoy, etc., etc. (Chambers was also clearly flummoxed by McCoy’s move.)
McCoy did follow up with a Tweet, however:
I refuse to let the people’s business on the floor of the Unicameral be hijacked by the antics of Ernie Chambers. Nebraskans expect better.
Politically, this was absolutely the right move for McCoy.
First, taking on Chambers can never lose points for someone in Nebraska. Chambers is a known bully, and refusing to arm-wrestle with him is never going to lose you points — especially when you know he is simply going to kick you in the shins as soon as you arm-up to him.
Second, why play by his rules? You don’t want to go on the record on some issue now, why would you do it? Because he thinks you have to play his game on the floor? Screw that. What political consultant would counsel his client to answer political questions on someone else’s terms? IF McCoy wants to debate Ernie, fine, but let McCoy decide where, when and on what issues.
Now, we have no doubt that others will come in and say if McCoy is going to stay in the legislature he has to answer and blah blah blah. But there’s nothing that says McCoy has to play Ernie’s games and Bully for him for standing up to Chambers.
We have a feeling we will see others take a similar approach.
As we noted yesterday, the Omaha and Lincoln newspapers finally realized that Attorney General Jon Bruning is looking to run for Governor.
And we would just note that NEITHER recognized Leavenworth Street as breaking this back in October, and then restating it last week. The Objective Conservative blog also noted, a few days before we reiterated it, that Bruning’s name was being polled, and indicated a possible Gov run.
And Don Walton’s mention in his story?
The Bruning rumors were “on political blogs“.
Very classy Don.
Then again, we wouldn’t expect much more from a YANKEE fan.
(That’s right, we’re hitting where we know it hurts.)
Finally, the Dems now have an actual candidate for the 2nd District Congressional race.
U.N.O. professor Larry Bradley has announced that he will be running.
Bradley came in third in the District 11 Legislature race (to Senator Bob Krist) in 2010, and lost 55% to 45% to District 4 Regent Bob Whitehouse in 2012.
We haven’t seen much word of this in the newspapers, so looks like you’ll have to go to “the blogs” for future info on Bradley.
Have a great weekend and enjoy the Puppy Bowl!