Yesterday, Democrat Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler withdrew the nomination of Mitch Paine to be on a local board because of Paine’s dirty “DC-style” campaign tactics in the recent Lincoln City Council elections.
Paine denied creating the false campaign site of his opponent, Cyndi Lamm, that linked to a “Bum Fights” video.
According to the LJS:
He said his campaign manager apparently purchased the domain and created the website without his knowledge or permission.
And no where does Nancy Hicks of the LJS (an unabashed Democrat cheerleader) ask exactly WHO his manager was and who DID make the site.
Because Paine’s campaign is a Who’s-Who of the Young Turks of the Nebraska Democrat Party.
According to the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission, Paine spent 73% of his campaign donations to pay the following three people as consultants for his loss in the Lincoln City Council primary:
James Pauley: $8,000
Nathan Janulewicz: $2,000
Elizabeth Hertzler: $1,354.86
(By the way, the campaign only raised a total of $15,350, so the other $4K was for mail.)
So who gets the blame for creating the outrageous website?
Let’s note, by the way, that this WAS outrageous and disgusting.
This wasn’t just some “Rick-Roll” where a web viewer thought they were going to a campaign site and instead saw a video of cats playing the piano.
One doesn’t pick the “Bum Fights” video that was linked, out of the blue.
This was specifically tailored to mock Cyndi Lamm’s past as being homeless — before eventually going to law school and becoming a success.
Someone thought they were being very clever.
You know, like mocking Ben Sasse’s campaign RV:
See, that is sort of clever. And it doesn’t really hurt anyone — I suppose some could question the taste of comparing a Senate campaign to a meth-operation, but it isn’t particularly mean-spirited
But the person — or people — who came up with linking Cyndi Lamm to drunken homeless people fighting, while the person filming giggles, thought they were being very clever. Heck, they knew they were being clever by changing “cyndi” to “cindy” in the URL.
And where do such campaign folk get that experience?
Mayor Beutler called it DC-style tactics.
James Pauley lists himself as CURRENTLY working for the Nebraska Democrat Party. (@Vince_Powers Tweeted that Pauley “has not worked for the NDP since approximately Dec 2013.“)
Nathan Janulewicz lists himself as CURRENTLY working for Democrat Congressman Brad Ashford.
Elizabeth Hertzler lists herself as CURRENTLY an aide to Democrat state Senator, and leader of the Democrats in the Unicameral, Heath Mello.
**See Update for Elizabeth Hertzler below**
So, if Mitch Paine says he didn’t do it, and a campaign staffer did…WHICH ONE DID IT?
Is Vince Powers of the Nebraska Democrats asking?
Is Congressman Brad Ashford asking?
Is Senator Heath Mello asking?
(And while we’re at it, lets also include Bob Kerrey, Chuck Hassebrook, Jim Suttle, Tom White and Ben Nelson, all of whom these three list as employers on LinkedIn.)
Or are they OK with making fun of Cyndi Lamm’s past?
And, oh by the way, you don’t light a candle, and put it under a bushel.
Once you make this oh-so-clever website, you TELL people about it.
At least you tell those with whom you work closely.
And guess what? The site (cindyforthecity.com) was up until JUST today.
And now, SOMEONE has taken it down.
So who did know about it for the past four months?
And why did they let it stay up?
So Chris Beutler and Vince Powers and Brad Ashford and Heath Mello, are you asking your staffers these questions?
And if not, why not?
**UPDATE at 12:40pm**
Leavenworth St. received the following statement from Elizabeth Hertzler:
June 24, 2015
“Mitch Paine was my client as an independent financial and compliance consultant. In my capacity, I had no knowledge of this level of campaign strategy or decision making. The actions taken by the campaign do not reflect my work and my personal ethical standard. I would hope that discussions do not continue to incorrectly connect me with this deplorable action. Any further questions should be directed to the Campaign Manager, James Pauley.”