Democrat Nebraska Governor candidate Chuck Hassebrook wasted no time going negative against Pete Ricketts.
See his recent ad here:
Hassebrook rolls out a bunch of talking points that Ricketts knocked down, one by one, in the debate that no one watched. So we will let the Ricketts camp plow through those again below.
But let us hit the one item that has come up before: Pete’s “dad’s ads”.
Hassebrook spent 85% of his time in the debate complaining that Ricketts has a billionaire supporting him and paying for ads.
Well, this may or may not be the case. Back in the primary it was
“Ending Spending” “American Future Fund” doing the ads, but this time it’s the Republican Governor’s Association. (See, they have this goal of electing, uh, Republicans as, um…Governors. See how that works?)
Now is Pete’s dad, or maybe his brother the ultimate payee of the NGA ad?
(Well, very specifically, as noted below, no.)
But maybe Joe Ricketts asked Thurston Howell IV to buy it? Possibly? Maybe?
Because are we to understand that there is some sort of billionaire supporter gap in this race?
Let’s see, who supports Hassebrook? It’s one of the top 3 richest men in the world… and it’s not Melinda Gates… and it’s not the Telemundo guy… Oh yeah! It’s the owner of the Omaha World-Herald and Borsheims!
And here’s the other thing: A few months ago, while Chuck Hassebrook was kicked back choosing Bryl-Cream varieties, Ricketts was getting pummeled by 9 different Republican Governor candidates 8 ways from Sunday.
Heck, Ricketts should get 4 or 5 free hits on Hassebrook before the General even starts. Since Pete is too nice a guy to actually punch Chuck in the bicep, a few hammers from whatever branch of the RNC, Koch Bros. or the Chicago Cubs should do.
So Chuck, man up and take your lumps.
We’re sure Warren will be there to massage you with some gold bars when it’s over.
In the mean time, we will let Team Ricketts respond to the rest:
Falsehood #1: Hassebrook’s ad says Ricketts is benefitting from ads “backed by his billionaire father” that are “misleading” about Hassebrook’s record.
Truth: The Republican Governors’ Association (RGA) produced the ads Hassebrook cites. They highlight Hassebrook’s well-documented support for and defense of Obamacare. The RGA operates independently from any campaign or candidate and publicly discloses contributions. Joe Ricketts has never contributed to the RGA.
Falsehood #2: Hassebrook’s ad says Ricketts wants to raise insurance rates. He cites Ricketts’ opposition to expanding Obamacare in Nebraska as support.
Truth: Nebraskans know the culprit behind drastic increases in their health insurance costs: Obamacare. Many individuals and families lost the plans they liked and are now incurring double-digit percentage increases in their premiums and deductibles. Even so, Chuck Hassebrook supports Obamacare, calling the measure “historic,” and saying people would support it if they understood it.
Falsehood #3: Hassebrook’s ad says Ricketts wants to single out reduced tax rates for “the rich and . . . corporations.” His only cited source is a newspaper report about two legislative bills Ricketts has made clear he has always opposed.
Truth: Tax reform for the benefit of all Nebraskans has been a main tenet of the Ricketts campaign. Ricketts has released detailed plans for property tax reform, which would be the top priority of a Ricketts administration.
Falsehood #4: Hassebrook’s ad says Ricketts’ plan would raise taxes on 80 percent of Nebraska families. The ad cites a report from a left-leaning think tank about Governor Heineman’s LB 405 and 406.
Truth: Pete Ricketts has publicly denounced the two bills in question, stating their impacts on Nebraskans and the state’s largest industries, agriculture and manufacturing, would be detrimental to the state. Instead, Pete has a plan to bring about tax reform that will help all Nebraska farmers, small businesses, and middle-class families.
We were listening to the recent podcast the OWH’s Mike’l Severe did with Democrat NE02 candidate Brad Ashford. Severe does a good job with his questions and follow-ups, and podcasts are the much superior form for this kind of stuff — as opposed to the constantly chopped up and abbreviated radio. Just the way it goes.
But we were struck by a few things that Ashford said (and not just that it may have seemed that Severe did lots of agreeing with Ashford):
Ashford bragged that…
1) He is big into “Social Justice”. Ah that magical term.
And what does “Social Justice” mean? Well, it means wonderful things! Good things! And most of all, it means whatever the people saying the word want it to mean. Jonah Goldberg did a fantastic summary of this goofiness in a vid for Prager University. We are going to post it again here, just to drive home what some of these nonsense terms mean.
2) But Ashford segued from his Social Justice theme and proudly pointed out that he pushed hard to implement Hate Crime legislation.
Now we’re not going to get too deep in the the Hate Crime stuff, as legal beagles have written tomes and dissertations on the topic. But here is the gist:
Committing a crime is bad. But doing it because you hate someone is much, much, much worse.
Oh, and I am a better person, because I don’t hate anyone, and I’m against hate crimes.
And don’t you feel much better about yourself now, because you don’t hate anyone?
(Except Republicans, but that’s cool.)
3) And finally, we just rolled our eyes and sighed at the stuccoed ceiling as Brad pointed out how awesome
Medicare Medicaid expansion would be because…we don’t even have to pay for it!
(No? Who is paying? Germany? The Brazilians? Those Godless Swedes? Who???)
The Federal Government is going to pay for it!
So it’s, like, FREE!
And THAT friends, is who wants to go to Washington to decide how your cash gets spent.
Democrat Senate candidate David Domina says, ““Corporate deserters” are taking trillions of dollars per year from U.S. taxpayers.”
Now is he talking about Burger King or Tim Hortons?
And we’re glad to see that the OWH has ID’d the Numero Uno, top of the fold – with a photo! – issue in the Governor’s race.
Tom Osborne is laughing maniacally at his computer screen right now.