On Tuesday afternoon in Omaha, Chris Jerram, Pete Festersen …and Rich Pahls elected the guy from this video — who angrily shouted down a constituent, calling him a “fool” — to be the new President of the Omaha City Council.
He is also the guy who called Mayor Jean Stothert a racist.
And for a short time (until he wanted to be Council President) refused to meet with the Mayor at all.
That’s your City Council President, Ben Gray.
Your new Omaha City Council Vice President is this guy who posed grinning with a t-shirt depicting the city’s first female Mayor as a stripper, in her underwear, hanging on a stripper pole.
And he recently referred to the Mayor as, “Sneaky Jean”.
This is the guy who is going to “…temper Gray’s passionate style.”
That’s your City Council Vice President, Chris Jerram.
Just to note, Democrat Pete Festersen voted for Democrat Gray and Democrat Jerram.
And then Republican Rich Pauls cast the deciding vote for Gray.
Over to The Facebook, Bryan Baumgart, a staunch Ron Paul follower and former Chairman of the Douglas County Republican Party, wrote a post where he called it “unconscionable” and “detestable” that the Nebraska Republican Party is renting out office space …to a group which supports a plank in the Republican Party Platform.
We support the judicious use of capital punishment and we urge the passage of laws that will limit endless appeals in capital cases. We also support changing the method of execution to lethal injection or any other constitutionally acceptable method of carrying out the sentence of death to ensure justice can be carried out.
Baumgart doesn’t like Nebraskans for the Death Penalty, and if you DO then , according to him, you are deserving of intense dislike and have no conscience.
He goes on to say that Party “Leadership” chose a “divisive issue”.
Baumgart joins a club, but then when he disagrees with a rule, he accuses those in charge of being “divisive” for supporting that rule he disagrees with.
Which isn’t surprising, seeing as this is the same type of tactic the anti-Death Penalty peeps use. When they block the system with appeal after appeal, they then claim the Death Penalty is too expensive because of all the appeals.
National Review writer Jonah Goldberg noted a similar idea when he pointed out that liberals are constantly trying to force their new values on conservatives, and then shriek that conservatives are accosting them:
Liberals are the aggressors in the culture war. The only shocking thing about that statement is that it ever shocks liberals. On their own terms, they take pride in being “change agents” and “forces of progress.” But the moment anyone attempts to defend themselves against the social-justice warriors, they are treated as the aggressors in the culture war. “Don’t impose your values on me!” should be translated as, “Stop trying to defend yourself as we impose our values on you!”
(Of course Baumgart didn’t feel it was divisive to the party when he supported defeating the sitting Republican Congressman. Why, that was just being open to differing opinions!)
And Republicans, this is what happens when you don’t show up at the meetings…
Democrat Congressman Brad Ashford (who, by the way, defeated Republican Congressman Lee Terry, after a bruising primary where Terry was forced to fight a certain someone’s favorite candidate) decided to sit on the sidelines when it came to government transparency and an ethical issue affecting HIM.
As noted by Deena Winter at Watchdog, Ashford has had conflict of interest issues hounding him for quite some time regarding his time at OHA and his lobbying efforts on behalf of them before HUD.
According to the NRCC:
In yesterday’s bill that directly affects HUD, Ashford could have pushed to use Congress’ oversight powers to compel the Obama Administration to release the audit in question and ensure transparency for Omaha families. Instead, Ashford chose to hide behind government bureaucracy and save his own tail.
Brad Ashford had the chance to be honest about his potential shady deals as CEO of Omaha’s Housing Authority but instead sat on the sidelines in order to protect his political career. With a simple move to use Congress’ oversight powers to release information, Ashford could have shown he is serious about fighting for transparency and accountability in government. Now we know Brad Ashford is only concerned with hiding the truth about his past.
Oh but hey, isn’t it awesome that Lee Terry is gone?