At the time, some politicos were already speculating about which Republicans would run in a primary the next election if Terry lost. And former state Senator and County Board member Chip Maxwell’s name was thrown about.
But Maxwell would have none of it.
On his personal blog he wrote:
“…any Republican who thinks it’s good for Lee to lose because it provides an opening is a selfish fool. The local Democratic Party would be revived, and local and national Democrats would move Heaven and Earth to hold that seat. The best play for whoever wants to succeed Lee is to be patient.”
(And this has been stuck in our heads all afternoon…)
Maxwell went on to say that he felt Terry would be in office until at least 2018, at which time Maxwell would reconsider the political landscape.
Well, patience is one virtue that Maxwell seems to have spurned.
Of course Maxwell will say that he is not seeking to make Lee lose for later gratification, but for present fulfillment.
But that doesn’t mean Maxwell is any less of a fool.
Or any less selfish.
Some speculate that Maxwell may not be able to get two thousand signatures or mount much of a campaign.
We doubt that with a little effort he can get the sigs, and don’t feel he will need much of a campaign. Heck, there will be Dem groups that will be willing to assist Maxwell in order to help Brad Ashford take the seat for the Democrats.
Those are the types who would “move Heaven and Earth”.
It will be interesting to see if Chip Maxwell listens to Chip Maxwell.
(And we will note that as we were writing this post, Maxwell took his 2008 blog post down. Which we are somewhat amazed at. But we still got it and will paste his entire post below.)
And just in case anyone wonders if the national folks are paying attention to the fate of Terry…they are.
As a Politico Roll Call article today states:
“…now that Nebraska’s 2nd District is possibly back in play, Democrats are salivating.”
But they also note,
“National Republicans say they are still unconvinced that Maxwell is organized enough to qualify for the ballot or to raise enough money to have an impact.”
It is not clear to us who those types are talking to, but if they want to hold the seat, they should look up from their smartphones. Otherwise they’re likely to walk smack in to a race they didn’t know was going on.
We are not really going to involve ourselves in Governor Dave Heineman’s interest in the the University of Nebraska President gig. However, it is interesting that Howard Hawks decided to have a great big beef with Governor Dave upon the announcement of submitting his application.
It seems that Hawks is still a bit peeved at the Governor for not slam dunking the Keystone Pipeline through. In addition, Hawks was a Mike Foley guy and the Gov’s beef with Foley has likely caused some hard feelings.
We will let others get themselves wound up about the Governor applying for the job while in office. (And did he use the office Xerox for making copies of his resume?)
In any case, we wish the Governor well in his job hunt and remind him to always hit the necessary buzzwords on his C.V., have a clean shirt and firm handshake at the interview, and remember to have a few pertinent “questions” chambered for the interviewer. Makes you sound well-informed.
Follows is the entire post from Chip Maxwell’s blog “Check with Chip”which was originally posted at the URL http://checkwithchip.blogspot.com/2008/10/yikes-did-he-say-my-name.html.
Since 2:30 pm CDT on 5/29/14, the post is gone.
But you can find it Google cached, here.
For the record, here is what Maxwell wrote back in October 2008:
Yikes! Did He Say MY Name?
A local political analyst on the radio this morning speculated about Jim Esch winning and mentioned me as part of the next wave of Republicans going for the House seat. I don’t want my name connected with that kind of premature postmortem.
That makes it sound like I’m one of several vultures circling over Lee Terry.
Reality check: The vultures may be coming for my carcass next week. I’m in a tight race for re-election to the Douglas County Board.
Aside from that, any Republican who thinks it’s good for Lee to lose because it provides an opening is a selfish fool. The local Democratic Party would be revived, and local and national Democrats would move Heaven and Earth to hold that seat. The best play for whoever wants to succeed Lee is to be patient.
Five years ago — my children were small, life was relatively simple, and I knew I couldn’t continue serving in the Nebraska Legislature because of the financial blow to the family budget — I visited with Lee about his long-term plans. Now my children are older and life is much more complicated. I’m running for re-election to the county board because I have enjoyed it much more than I anticipated, and because it fits well with work and family life.
If I could write the script, Lee would hold the House seat for another 10 years while my wife and I raise our children. Then I could test my sanity by looking at a House race.
It’s all moot because Lee’s gonna win and I’m on my way to becoming a best-selling author and talk-radio host.
Wipe that smirk off your face.