Yesterday, reading Don Walton’s column in the LJS, it seemed that he was trying to foment some revolution among the voters to “kick the bums out” of Congress. Only problem is that of “the bums” currently representing Nebraskans, there’s only one who would clearly be in Don’s wheelhouse for out-kicking: Adrian Smith.
So who would/could challenge Adrian?
Well, I chatted with an experienced local politico, and that person pointed out a few things:
1) Tom Brewer, who challenged Smith last time, would be unlikely to run again, for a variety of reasons.
2) It would be a monumental task for a Dem to win in Nebraska’s 3rd District (which everyone knows).
3) That being said, Jane Kleeb MIGHT be the best known Democrat with the best chance, BUT…
4) She said last July that she was taking a hard look at running for the Nebraska Public Service Commission. (Which the LJS wrote about in this article.)
Which is interesting.
Because now, Trans Canada has said they will submit their pipeline request to the Nebraska PSC. And it would be interesting (to say the least) if Kleeb was running for the commission on which she would have dramatic bias against one type of covered service.
And THAT being said, PSC is an interesting gig, because…
It’s a partisan office.
It’s NOT like the Legislature, where the top 2 vote-getters go on to the General Election. It’s an R versus a D.
And the current person in the office from District 4, Rod Johnson is an R (and has been there since 1992(!). (See the map above)
So while Kleeb could be positioning herself to run for something for which she has a certain amount of support — she would also be doing it in a partisan election.
Wait who is she challenging?
Oh, and FWIW, that was the same LJS article where Jane Kleeb said she might move to the 2nd District and primary Brad Ashford.
Kleeb said she also hasn’t ruled out running for Nebraska’s 2nd District House seat against Congressman Brad Ashford. Kleeb said she disagrees with many of the stances Ashford, a Democrat, has taken since being elected last November.
So again, maybe Don Walton was just blowing smoke.
If there IS a fire, at this point it’s fairly well hidden…
Drip, drip, drip…
Speaking of Brad Ashford, the NRCC won’t be taking it easy on him any time soon. While Ashford is trying at every turn to be portrayed as Mr. Veteran, the NRCC points out that President Barack Obama is threatening to veto the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
Theh veto threat is for legislation “as part of a larger budget debate” that is unrelated to military personnel and their families. The NRCC says…
“The budget discussion is a rouse for the President considering the current NDAA budget and President Obama’s budget both land at $612 billion.
“Brad Ashford needs to publicly call on President Obama to stand down on his veto threat to a bill that has been signed into law for over 50 years in a row. The last thing our brave soldiers and their families should be worried about is whether or not their Commander in Chief is playing politics with their livelihood.”
Watch this space to see if Ashford tries to distance himself further…from the rest of the Democrats…in his party.
Help me Obi Wan Kenobi…
It has come to my attention that the Sarpy County Election Commissioner, Wayne Bena, cannot obtain tickets for some movie that is premiering two months from now.
And THIS is the information superhighway that Al Gore took us down.
Well, help Leavenworth St. from getting flat tires on that highway like Bena, by buying all your Amazon stuff via the links on this page! Great stuff for you and you’ll send a little anonymous love our way to keep the lights glowing.
May the Schwartz be with you.