After asking around and around, there has finally been a whiff of another person (or two) interested in running for the 2nd District Congressional seat.
The latest name floated is…Paul Aaron.
You may recognize that name as the President of Pinnacle Sports — which took over the play-by-play for Nebraska football years back.
Aaron eventually sold Pinnacle years later and was involved in various other ventures, including being founder and Commissioner of the Indoor Football League (of which the Omaha Beef was a member).
Here is an interview back in the early days of the new league in 2008.
His name also pops up as being behind a wedding photo-booth business, and from years and years back, as the original radio guy who hired a young DJ in Sacramento named…Rush Limbaugh.
There currently is NO confirmation about the nearly 70-year-old Aaron’s interest in Congress. At worst, it is a name that Nebraskans know, and now you have just a tiny bit more info about him.
(By the way, good luck on researching Mr. Aaron. You end up with a lot of photos of Jesse Pinkman…)
Moving onto the current holder of the #NE02 seat, Brad Ashford confirmed with the OWH that he is NOT interested in the rigors of retaining political office.
And why won’t Ashford raise money for his campaign?
He is too busy…
“…focusing on policies such as the trade bill and the situation in the Middle East.”
Ah, there it is. Brad has been in the thick of it with the negotiations in Vienna and Japan. You just know that the Mullahs in Iran have been wondering what the Freshman Rep from Omaha was thinking about all this. And now they know that he will be probably reading several of the news stories about it, and such.
Seriously though, if Ashford had just said he was busy with new committee work, or meeting with constituents back home, at least that would sound plausible. But trying to make it sound like he has been huddled with John Kerry and the trade negotiators is just goofy.
His final statement to Joe Morton makes more sense: he just doesn’t feeeeeel like doing it.
Speaking of people who actually will be involved in reviewing the Iran deal, Senators Ben Sasse and Deb Fischer came right out of the box criticizing the proposal.
Sasse was one of the first in Congress to have a statement on it:
In full he said:
“Sadly, the Administration just lit the fuse for a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. We all know Iran’s neighbors will not sit idly as the world’s largest state-sponsor of terror becomes a nuclear-threshold state.
“Congress will thoroughly review it in the coming weeks but this much is immediately clear: this deal abandons America’s historic bipartisan commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation, and instead begins the era of managed proliferation—a descent into chaos and an even more dangerous world.”
Deb Fischer was equally strong where she said:
“I have closely followed the reports on U.S. negotiations, and am concerned that the Obama administration has given up too much in order to get a deal, which will now be sent to Congress for review.
“While the president argued that we ‘give nothing up’ by ‘testing’ whether this agreement will constrain Iran’s nuclear ambitions, I disagree. The international sanctions regime took years to assemble and remains the most effective method of imposing costs on Tehran for their destabilizing behavior.
“We cannot undo sanctions for an agreement that is built on the hope that the Iranian government changes its behavior. To recklessly gamble with our only source of leverage would be far worse than signing no deal at all.”
It will be interesting to see how this is debated in the months ahead.
But it just seems a little strange.
Bully continually threatens to firebomb your house.
You make it hard for bully to operate.
So now you take away bully’s economic hardships, bully will only keep a few firebombs (they’re just for my fireplace!) and you can ask to inspect his firebombs every once in a while.
And the deal is only for 10 years.
After which, there is no deal.
And the President calls that a “victory”.