“Cross of Corn” is a contributing writer on Leavenworth St.
In Wednesday’s LJS we learned from the President of the Chris Beutler Fan Club (a/k/a Nancy Hicks) that Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler is PERSONALLY policing the Beutler Barberpole he constructed with our tax dollars in downtown Lincoln.
Some young adults were hanging out in the square. A few seemed to be drawing on the dark bricks with sidewalk chalk.
A small gray Honda pulled up to the curb on P Street near 13th and parked illegally. The driver got out, left the engine running and the driver’s door open.
It was the mayor. He walked over to the person writing with chalk, had a conversation, then walked back to his car and drove away.
The chalk drawing stopped.
Yep, that’s right, Mayor Beutler pulled his car over on a Saturday afternoon to scare off a young woman who was using sidewalk chalk to draw on some bricks. (Someone should tell him it washes away and is greenie/enviro-friendly).
The vignette is telling.
Beutler is more than willing to pull his car over on a Saturday to personally police and protect his public art and green projects … but drives right over the potholes and shoddy Lincoln streets, nary a concern.
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In recent days we received a copy of the March/April 2015 edition of “Tim Clare’s Newsletter” (yeah, the catchy title could use a bit of work) highlighting his meetings and appearances throughout the state on behalf of the University. The question is: what’s he running for?
Clare is 52 years old. Is he hoping to run for governor when he’s 60? Is he waiting to see whether Sen. Deb Fischer–already 64 years old–seeks reelection in 2018? Or is he taking a look at Lincoln Mayor in 2019?
Based on his travel schedule and social media posts, we suspect he views himself as a statewide candidate. The Clare name–known to anyone who has ever been a Husker fan–carries a lot. But his greatest success to date–and greatest potential liability–is Pinnacle Bank Arena. The real bills for the project will come after Mayor Beutler has left office . . . just around the time Tim Clare might be running for higher office.
Could it be the Democrats knew that all along?