**UPDATE at 8:00am 10/28/15**
We’ll have more later, but here is a quick peek at former Governor Dave Heineman’s interview on KLIN yesterday:
Who would have thought that there would be a…rift…between the longest serving Governor of the State of Nebraska and his successor.
But strange stories emerge as Governor Pete Ricketts seems to keep trying to escape former Governor Dave Heineman’s shadow.
For those who haven’t kept up, go to Deena Winter’s continuing series in Nebraska Watchdog about the Ricketts’ travel records.
Her quest to find out how much the new Governor has been travelling — and how much more it is costing the state in security, etc. — has been right up there with Herbie the Dentist trying to extract the canines from the Abominable Snowman. (i.e. like pulling teeth).
So the latest is that the Governor’s press flack told the media that while Ricketts has traveled out of the state already this year more than Heineman ever did (except for maybe 2005), he threw out a couple of other numbers about Heineman.
Taylor Gage, Governor Ricketts’ Public Relations Director, said that as Governor, Heineman had traveled out of the state 47 times in 2007 and 32 times in 2008.
Former Governor Heineman heard this, and his Spidey Senses pricked up.
47 and 32?
That didn’t sound right.
So he went back to his records — (I’m picturing a faux-leather bound pocket scheduler with “2007” printed on it in gold ink above something like “Nebraska State Bank & Trust”) — and discovered that the numbers were off.
Heineman emailed Gage:
“The information that was provided to you is inaccurate and misleading. I did not make 47 out-of-state trips in 2007 and I did not make 32 out-of-state trips in 2008. I hope this information is helpful in setting the record straight regarding my out-of-state travel.”
How did this happen?
Well, Heineman notes that neither Gage, nor anyone else, contacted him about releasing his travel schedules as Governor.
And then he drops it…
And then the really harsh one, from Heineman to Gage:
“I am very disappointed that you issued a release about my record without having the professional courtesy to review that information with me.”
Because in Nebraska, a courtesy call is how most people expect things to work. It would have been that simple.
But this is not terribly surprising from those who have been following this Administration. Because there is a…paranoia…in the Governor’s part-time McMansion about Dave Heineman.
At this Halloween season, they are convinced that the next showing at the Indian Hills or the Golden Spike Drive-In, is “The Return of Dave Heineman”. (No, that’s not it…) “Heineman 2: Electric Boogaloo” (ehhhh…) “Night of the Living Dave II”.
You see, many think, that the Governor and his Kitchen Cabinet think (or have an unhealthy obsession) that Dave Heineman is going to primary Pete for Governor in 2018.
Or that Heineman is trying to undermine Pete or get the job back or somesuch.
So they don’t call him on something as easy as his old schedule.
And they don’t call him to find out if he had any strange experiences buying Sodium Thiopental from a shady figure in India, before blowing $50K on the deal.
And there are other cases of purging the Ricketts Administration of any vestiges of the Heineman era — and refusing to let in anyone but True Believers.
Which is fine. Every Administration wants to put their own stamp on things, and do things a certain way.
But this one has been working, many believe, under the belief that they will need to fight back a “Heineman: Tanned, Rested & Ready” campaign for their political lives.
It’s an interesting way to go about things.
Some aren’t sure it’s a successful way, so far.
Is YOUR mind made up?
Over the past few days the Presidential campaign news has been that Ben Carson now leads Donald Trump in Iowa. And there’s even a poll that says that Carson is leading Trump nationwide.
But here’s another one that’s interesting:
In a CBS poll of New Hampshire voters, 91% of them picked a candidate who they would “like to win the GOP nomination“.
But then when asked, “Is your mind made up or is it still too early to say for sure?”
There are probably polling experts who will argue about how “leans” mean “will vote”. But holy-moley, that seems like an awfully big number. Maybe those polled just want to show that they’re still open to persuasion, or reason, or free pizza or something.
But it still makes it clear that though the New Hampshire primary is only a little over 3 months away, there’s lots of politicking to be had.
And have YOU made up your mind?
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