Shane Osborn announced (a few hours later) that his campaign was endorsed by conservative doyenne and Eagle Forum president Phyllis Shlafly.
(We still remember getting our main introduction of Schlafly from the comic strip Bloom County — with Opus pretending to be a Texas Republican imagining himself whisking Ms. Schlafly off the dance floor…)
While these endorsements are a little interesting, we are more intrigued by the idea of Governor Dave Heineman endorsing a candidate in the GOP Governor primary.
We have been batting this around with various politicos, and some see the concept as a real possibility. This was confirmed “in the newspapers” today, with Heineman press secretary Jen Rae Wang (nee Hein) confirming a “maybe” Governor Dave would make an endorsement.
So who are the maybes? Well, how about first, who are the “No Way” column.
- Mike Foley (Ha! Hahahahha! Wooooo! Good one! Oooooh my stomach hurts now! Bwahahahahah!)
- Pete Ricketts (Uh, no thanks.)
- Tom Carlson (Not right now.)
Which leaves us with the “possibles”…
Beau McCoy, Bryan Slone and Jon Bruning.
McCoy is a loyal senator to Heineman, and one of his first early supporters (vs T.O.). Such an endorsement would be a big deal for McCoy.
Slone is a personal friend to Heineman, also loyal back to the ’06 primary. Though it is notable that Slone has not had any other significant political involvement — since his Congressional staffer days — in Nebraska. a Heineman endorsement would bring Slone out of obscurity.
Heineman and Bruning are known to get along fairly well. We would be surprised though if Heineman went all out for Bruning — but it could depend on the state of the race. If it was clear that the race came down to Bruning and someone else, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Heineman stick his neck out.
Or, if the Gov didn’t want to play favorites, and the race was still wide open, he could just say nothing.
Or, he could “endorse” more than one candidate, by cutting ads for more than one.
In any case, we sort of disagree with the Poli Sci prof in the papers who suggested that it would be “risky” for Heineman if his pick ended up losing.
Risk of what? Embarrassment? Big deal. So what. You build up political capital to spend it, not take it to your grave. He’d be endorsing a political candidate, not Ron Jeremy.
You get in the arena, you take some risks.
We see Heineman as a risk taker on this one.
Speaking of Gov candidates, we discovered that Mike Foley has ad on the YouTubes.
See it here:
This spot hopes to use Foley’s “Pro-Life” stance to his advantage — in theory with all of those who attended that march. The Governor candidates certainly have to express their Pro-Life positions in the primary. But will it account for much separation?
Are there any of the candidates who don’t count themselves super-duper Pro-Life?
Considering how crowded this primary is, we won’t be surprised to see Foley just come out and say “I’m Pro-Life..AND I’m in favor of giving pre-natal care to illegal aliens!” Sure, there are voters who will specifically reject him for this, but there must be a Pro-Life cadre who will vote for him because of it, right?
Well, maybe that block isn’t big enough. But again, because of the numbers, we would be curious to know if it is worth the gamble.
You know, speaking of campaigning, how about intensely raising money when you’re not running — heck, when you CAN’T run?
Did you know that a couple of “leading” Democrat state Senators, who are term limited, are still raising money?
State Senator Heath Mello is term limited. Yet, “Friends for Heath Mello” raised $68,000 during 2013! He ended 2013 with $168,000 in the bank.
State Senator Jeremiah “Jeremy” Nordquist raised nearly $40K in 2013 to leave him with $105,000 to end 2013.
Neither could transfer that money to a federal race, but could use it in a Nebraska race — say if Heath Mello wanted to run for Mayor of Omaha (just a hypothetical!).
In the meantime, if they’re not running for office, what are they doing collecting all that money every month from various lobbyists? Both Mello’s and Nordquist’s term ends in 2016.
We are interested to see how they spend that wad of cash until then — and how much MORE they raise. We will be sure to keep this in mind the next time we hear a lecture about “good government” and blah blah blah…
- “Climate change” is bullpucky
- Don’t raise the minimum wage, because it will cost jobs
- Build the Keystone XL pipeline
Yet this guy supports Democrats?
Warren, put your walking-around money (we imagine he has one of those belt coin dispenser things, like the beer guy at the ballgame, filled with $100s and $1,000s) where your mouth is!
DCCC’s Red to Blue list doesn’t include Brad Ashford against Lee Terry.
Need to know more?
And just because…