We present this Separated at Birth, suggested by a longtime reader who was no doubt watching the West Virginia vs Iowa State game last night:
Sarpy County Election Commissioner (and former NEGOP Communications Director) Wayne Bena and West Virginia basketball coach, Bob Huggins!
Consider yourself famous now, Wayne.
Surprising no one at this point, Jon Bruning formally entered the Nebraska Governor race. We mentioned Bruning’s interest in October of last year (after which Bruning assured anyone within hearing distance that he was definitely NOT running). Things turned again a month or so ago, and here we are.
As many have noted, we await the media barrage by the Ricketts crew — both Joe and Pete — should Bruning start to pull away. And we expect all of the items that were brought up in 2012 to return. We are not sure that there are any that couldn’t be recycled.
What will be interesting is to see how Bruning handles the attacks this time. Not unlike you coming up with the perfect comeback only after you’ve left the room (“Well the Jerk Store called, they’re running out of YOU!“), we have to think that Bruning has been planning his responses to Ricketts for the past two years, turning them over and over each time his head hits the pillow.
We imagine that the ads are being created as we speak.
And of course our Mike Foley rumor was reiterated “in the papers” after we told you about it late Friday. We don’t know what sort of timetable Foley will be on for making his decision — except that he only has a week to do it.
We imagine that there are plenty who see an opening for Foley. His problem is that if he takes a gamble at Governor, and loses, he is out of politics for another four years or so.
Interesting decisions on his part.
(Not to be too critical, but the “…why politics?” question by Hasselbeck could be fixed by a producer noting that Osborn has already served four years in statewide office.)
In any case, the Osborn and Sasse camps seem to be going head-to-head on the cable nets. The free media is nice for them. We will see where they go when they start spending more of their own cash.
And as we had noted earlier, Bart McLeay is now on TV with a relatively large buy. For his sake though, we only wish he had gone with the “agriculture” ad standing by the barn — as opposed to the “Making Me Kringe in the McLeay Kitchen” ad.
But maybe it’s us.
Yesterday retiring Oklahoma U.S. Senator Tom Coburn gave his endorsement to Ben Sasse in an interview “with the papers”. With that endorsement, Sasse adds Coburn to his personal list with Congressman Paul Ryan.
Not to be outdone, the Osborn camp sent out an email from former Presidential candidate Steve Forbes, showing his support — which had also originally gone out weeks ago.
We aren’t sure these endorsements are really turning heads, but again, the free media ain’t bad