Political reporter Robert Costa was Tweeting last night during the Cubs – Cardinals game, that…
Family of Chicago Cubs owner Thomas Ricketts hosting Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., at Wrigley Field, urging him to run for House speaker
Costa later deleted that Tweet and corrected it to say:
Correction: Ryan at Cubs game. Ricketts fam there, making calls to mbrs, encouraging him to run for speaker. But Ryan is not their guest.
And then clarified…
To be clear, sources close to Ricketts told WP they were ecstatic to have Ryan there & encouraged him to say hello. Boosters for spkr run.
But the gist here is that the Ricketts fam — which member was in charge at that moment is unknown — is keeping themselves involved at local, state and federal levels of politics. Going so far as to get Paul Ryan in as Speaker.
My understanding is that Ryan won’t make any decisions this week. But the irony may be that by waiting, he has let the Anti forces run up against him, when he may have had a much easier time with a quick vote after McCarthy got out.
Astros defeats Royals
Speaking of post-season baseball Twittering, funny one last night when the Governor of Texas got a little ahead of himself with the Astros’ big lead in the 7th:
(And later deleted the Tweet.)
Of course the Royals stormed back, and in the end forced a Game 5 (in KC).
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback took a “Dewey defeats Truman” moment to Tweet:
Tooting their own Horn
The Anti-Death Penalty forces (aka “Nebraskans for Public Safety”) announced yesterday that they have hired Ryan Horn and Jim Innocenzi of Sandler-Innocenzi as their media and general consultants for the Repeal campaign.
Horn managed Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert’s 2013 election campaign, as well as Bryan Slone’s 2014 campaign for the Republican nomination for Governor.
He was the final general consultant of the Lee Terry campaign in 2014 as well.
And in the competitive small world of Nebraska politics, Horn has his share of “opponents” (which I will guess we will hear from in the comments).
But Horn has done well for himself over the past few years — working in other states beyond Nebraska, mainly as in media as opposed to in the trenches campaigning.
And I spoke with Ryan yesterday, and he understands the nature of politics in this state. He was a guest on The Wheels Down Politics Show podcast a few months ago, and we discussed all that.
But I did tell him yesterday that my view on consultants is the same it is for him, as it was with the other recently announced consultant for the Death Penalty Repealers, Dan Parsons: They’re paid staff. They’re hired guns.
Yes, I get that it is helpful to have a “true-believer” on the campaign. But you know what is more helpful? Someone with experience and knowledge. Horn and Parsons both have that, and frankly THAT is what the campaign should be pushing — more than whether they’re local (which helps) or true anti-Death Penaltyers (which is neither here nor there).
I am looking forward to the ads Ryan comes up with. (Here is one he did recently in Ohio for AFP.) If the election were held today, I think the Death Penalty would be reinstated.
But the election ISN’T today.
And there will be much more to come.
Nebraska U.S. Senator Ben Sasse was in Utah on Monday with Utah Senator Mike Lee.
Lee held a “solutions summit” for…”conservative politicians and business leaders who discussed the intersection between a rapidly changing private sector and what they see as a plodding government.”
Sasse cited the shortage of welders in Nebraska, saying,
“…the accreditation process should be flexible enough to help address this issue and he noted that Lee has legislation that would allow for stand-alone programs, outside of the traditional view of higher education.”
Mike Lee, along with Texas Senator Ted Cruz, is considered to be one of the staunchest conservatives in the Senate.
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