The Governor Pete Ricketts team is taking full advantage of this argument.
J.L. Spray is stepping back as Chairman of the Nebraska GOP.
Former Omaha City Councilman, and 2013 Mayoral candidate, Dan Welch emailed members of the GOP State Central Committee on Monday spelling out his intention to run as the next Chairman of the Nebraska GOP. (See full letter at right.)
This was something that party politicos knew, but was confirmed last week on the Leavenworth St. Twitter feed as well. This was a bit of a twist, since just a few weeks ago it was a foregone conclusion that former 2014 Gubernatorial candidate Bryan Slone was going to be the new Chairman.
After Slone took a pass, Governor Ricketts and his peeps reached out to Welch, giving him their support. As Welch pointed out in his email, his candidacy is at the “urging” of Ricketts.
Kramer noted that his decision was greatly based on family considerations — one that is very easy to understand, with a father of young kids.
But Kramer added another line in his letter:
As a partisan, I believe it critically important that the party be led by those who have the ear and the confidence of our Governor…
That can be read a few different ways.
Maybe it is just a generic statement.
Or maybe it is an expression that DK did not feel he had the Governor’s full support.
At this point, it is our understanding that the Gov is trying to convince J.L. Spray to stay in the mix — likely as the new Committeeman. And there are few in the party who don’t think Spray would be great for the gig.
Though many also thought he was perfect to stay in the Chair position as well.
In any case, as all of these machinations continue, there still hasn’t been a confirmation on how the Governor’s office will be staffed.
Is it really possible to have a someone who is both a private and public employee?
Take a look at this line from a recent news story…
Criticism had mounted in recent weeks over how (the Governor) had handed (an adviser) roles as an unpaid adviser in his office, and as a consultant paid to promote the same topics.
Now who wrote this?
The Omaha World Herald?
Don Walton at the LJS? (Ha!)
No, this is a story from The Oregonian, where the Oregon Governor resigned because an adviser (also his fiancee) had clear conflicts inside and outside of the Governor’s office.
Of course the difference in Nebraska, is that the conflict in question is based on an office adviser who would be paid not only from outside the office, but INSIDE as well.
Apparently Governor Ricketts thinks this can all be accomplished above board. And apparently his advisers think that will be the case as well.
It just does not make sense why Governor Pete Ricketts would be risking something like this so early in his administration.
One would guess that the Governor of Oregon wishes he had made that decision differently.
ICYMI, the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee (aka DCCC) named Nebraska 2nd District Congressman Brad Ashford to its “Frontline” program.
No that doesn’t mean Brad gets to host some sort of a PBS newshour.
It means they are immediately listing him as one of the 14 “most vulnerable” Democrat incumbents for the 2016 cycle. They will be providing him with “fundraising and organizational support” for his reelection.
In the next two podcasts on The Wheels Down Politics Show you can hear interviews with a couple of politicos who have some immediate thoughts about Brad Ashford’s candidacy, and the direction it may be heading.
Be sure to listen to the upcoming show yet this week. And if you haven’t listened, be sure to catch the interview with Nebraska 3rd District Congressman Adrian Smith — fresh out of breaking the fast with fellow Nebraskans in the Capitol.