Day 3 of the House of Paine Dirty Tricks Campaign…
…and still no word from Paine campaign manager, and former Nebraska Democrat Party and Chuck Hassebrook staffer, James Pauley.
The NDP, Chairman Vince Powers and others seem content to throw Pauley under the bus — but the NDP Tweeted that they won’t say anything until Pauley does.
And that’s fine, since it would also be appropriate for them to discover who else Pauley told about his “despicable” (said the LJS) dirty trick. Was the Paine staffer who is now working for Brad Ashford in on it? What did he know and when?
And did anyone at the Nebraska Democrat Party know? (Assume they’re all trying to figure that out before Pauley speaks…)
Though who knows when or how Pauley will make a statement, since he took down his Facebook and Twitter accounts yesterday.
And just a note on Democrat Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler — with a hat tip to Coby Mach from his interview with Councilwoman Cyndi Lamm…
When Beutler announced that he was taking Mitch Paine’s name out of contention for the Lincoln Air Quality board, he said…
This is another aspect of D.C.-style politics that I abhor…
In other words, he equates the dirty trick of making fun of a former homeless person using the Bum Fights video, with the Lincoln City Council doing their job in vetting a candidate for a city board.
See, a majority of the Lincoln City Council originally objected to Paine being on the Air Quality Board because of his radical environmental views.
And Paine is…SURPRISE!…a protege of Jane Kleeb and Bold Nebraska!
Paine has spoken on behalf of Bold Nebraska and the Sierra Club at a number of forums around the state, and has served as the Boldies’ photographer — even fossil-fueling it to D.C. photographing their protest in front of the White House. (You remember: Jane let others get hauled off to jail while she sucked the air of freedom.)
The 26-year-old Paine had posted on Facebook his belief in “leveraging public policy” for his radical environmental causes. So the Council took him at his word…and rejected him.
But to Mayor Beutler, the Council doing their job and the Paine campaign’s Dirty Tricks are just examples of “DC-style politics”.
Just so you know where Beutler’s head is at, he apologized to Lamm for Paine’s campaign — but not for accusing Lamm of the same “DC-style politics.”
In all this action in Lincoln, discussion of the latest ad from the “Don’t Let Them Vote!” forces got tabled. Let’s pick it back up.
After being infused with (at least!) $400,000 of out-of-state cash, the Voter Suppression forces are going up with this ad:
You will see Senator Colby Coash and Senator Sara Howard’s legislative aide on there deriding the idea that Nebraskans should vote on this (“I’m not signing anything!“).
And if they want to persuade you to vote against the Death Penalty, mazel tov. There are more than enough people who will have that discussion.
But that’s not what Coash and the rest are saying.
They are saying that Nebraskans SHOULD NOT HAVE the right to vote on the Death Penalty.
Which is interesting.
Because, remember, the override on the Governor’s veto passed by ONE vote in the Unicameral.
And let’s focus on ONE vote.
State Senator Robert Hilkemann.
In the 2014 campaign, Hilkemann ran against Stacy Ryan — who, like Hilkemann, described herself as a “conservative.”
But there was a difference between the two, as expressed in their pre-election profile:
“I do not support the death penalty,” Ryan said.
“I think the death penalty is still necessary for the more heinous crimes,” Hilkemann said.
And Hilkemann won the race.
But when he got to Lincoln — to hell with what he told the voters — the 67-year-old Hilkemann voted to repeal the death penalty.
And why is his age noted? Because Hilkemann had approximately 49 years since he was able to vote to think about the death penalty. And giving it that thought, he announced his position to voters. And then 4 months later “changed his mind.”
So now, with the voters deceived by Hilkemann, the “Don’t Sign!” forces think that YOU Nebraskans should not have the right to vote on it.
We keep hearing about Nebraska’s “second house”.
But Coash, the ACLU and a host of others don’t want you to have the keys.