It seems he forgot to — or didn’t want to — pay the $250 to enter a “float” in the parade. (As everyone who has watched a local parade knows, politicians rarely have an actual float, but instead just duct tape some yard signs to the side of a Dodge Charger, or some such.)
So Maxwell instead did the next best thing: He took his campaign to the Sarpy County Republican Party float. They were offering — for a mere $50 — to put any Republican candidate’s signs up on it. Quite a few paid the $50, and that way the county party can recoup the expense of the float from people who support them, and everyone is happy.
And Sarpy County Republican Brad Kuiper stepped up with his truck to pull the GOP trailer “float”.
And then things took a turn.
Since Maxwell didn’t have his own entry — and Kuiper, a Maxwell supporter, was driving the truck — Maxwell took it upon himself to put his largest signs on the truck.
As you can see here:
And it essentially looked like a Chip Maxwell float — or like the Sarpy County Republicans had endorsed Chip Maxwell.
And several Republicans waiting at the parade start noticed.
So someone got on their phone and made a call to a Sarpy County GOP official to get a “ruling” on what had become of this parade entry.
The Sarpy GOP official decided that no one candidate should take over the float to give it the impression that it is their’s.
And further, even though the vehicle owner wanted to deck it out with extra Maxwell signage, that would not be appropriate as, again, it was a Party float, not meant to favor one candidate.
And Chip got this message over someone else’s cell phone…
…that was in his hand…
…which he promptly chucked towards someone else’s car.
(No immediate damage to either the cell phone, the vehicle, or the listener on the other end was reported.)
And the giant Maxwell signs were removed and everyone moved on to passing out stickers.
There is no real intention here to pick on Chip.
He is apparently running for Congress.
If there has been a formal announcement, none has been forwarded to Leavenworth St. or otherwise mentioned in the press.
He does have YouTube videos up on his campaign web page that shows him speaking to people at Champions Club and at the Tea Party event this year.
In the Champions video he says, “…I am getting ready to run for the Nebraska 2nd District House Seat.”
He has filed a campaign finance report with the FEC.
But apparently we will have to wait until he makes an official announcement.
It will be interesting to see where all this goes.
Senator Deb Fischer issued a column yesterday where she detailed her objections to the proposed Iran nuclear deal.
We cannot undo sanctions for an agreement that is built on the hope that the Iranian government changes its behavior. This used to be a bedrock principle. In fact, the president himself repeatedly stated that no deal would be better than a bad deal. The president’s rhetoric seems to have changed. Now, recent history is being erased, and we are told that the only alternative to this agreement would be war. That is not true.
If you are averse to reading, or simply like your articles read to you, Senator Fischer does that as well, which you can get by clicking here.
And for your really breaking/broken news, Senator Ben Sasse hits the rankings as number 4 in the U.S. Senate.
That’s #4, among male Senators, in the “Sexy Congress” rankings.
For the record, Sasse ranks #52 overall among both male and female Members of Congress.
(The first 45 are all women.)
Among only male MOC’s he comes in 7th.
He comes in just behind Senator, and Presidential candidate, Marco Rubio, who is 6th among all men.
3rd District Representative Adrian Smith comes in at #64 among all male Congresspersons.
1st District Rep Jeff Fortenberry is at #134.
2nd District Rep Brad Ashford is ranked 315th sexiest of the 429 male MOCs.
And Senator Deb Fischer comes in at a respectable #52 among the 104 female Members of Congress. (That is, if you “respect” this sort of thing…)
Well, clearly the interns and junior staffers are keeping busy with something….