Don Walton of the LJS wrote in his weekly column…
The two-hour legislative discussion last week about “what Ernie Chambers said” was revealing.
…a subsequent media-driven storm…
Generally speaking, the harshest words directed at Chambers tended to come from freshman senators as opposed to veteran senators, those who know him best.
Later that day, Lincoln Public Safety Director Tom Casady, a career cop, tweeted: “I think Sen. Chambers is far more likely to give birth than shoot a police officer. Wouldn’t mind having him as a partner in the 1970s.”
Ah, where to begin…
It amazes me to see journalists pussy-foot around the real issues on a particular issue, like Don Walton does here.
First, enough about “those who know Chambers best.” They “know him best”…why? Because they’ve been in the Legislature four more years than their colleagues?
We’ve ALL heard Chambers for the last 40 years. Just because you’ve stood next to him for a few more months doesn’t give you any more clarity into his ravings from the floor.
And frankly, you may know him personally from breaking bread at his home and having done a Vulcan mind meld with him.
THAT excuses what he SAID.
The WORDS that came out of his mouth?
So is (Lincoln’s) Tom Casady correct? That Chambers is more likely to go Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Junior” than Arnie in “Terminator”?
Is that really the point?
But it is funny how Walton chose not to report Part 2 of Casady’s Tweet:
Nevertheless, it never hurts to say “I’m sorry.” —from one who has a personal record of foot-in-mouth.
No, I don’t think Chambers is likely to go outside and shoot a policeman.
But how about asking the POLICE from Chambers’ district if they think that was a wise thing for Chambers to say.
Or was it extremely reckless, and only makes their job more dangerous?
And “media driven storm”? Yeah, heaven forbid the media actually report what comes out of Chambers’ mouth.
Last week it was announced that there is a new director of the Nebraska Department of Administrative Services (at $115K a year…).
That means that Larry Bare, the former Chief of Staff to Governor Dave Heineman is no longer working in state government for Governor Pete Ricketts.
So not only did lose (got rid of?) the most knowledgeable and experienced guy in the administration, they lost of the most knowledgeable and experienced person in ALL of Nebraska state government.
In other news, the improvements to Wrigley Field seem to be humming along.
The Cook Poliitcal Report “officially” called Nebraska’s 2nd District House race, a “Toss Up”.
Not really THAT surprising, but it wouldn’t have been a shock to see it “Lean Democrat”.
Ashford’s seat is the only Dem seat to be listed as a Toss Up. Freshman Iowa Rep. Rod Blum from the northeast 1st District is also listed as a “Toss Up”, but that is a way more Dem district than what Ashford faces.
Wonder if Ashford is still taking it seriously..