First, a little Monday Separated at Birth for ya.
Saw this dude’s mug on a sign with chef Mario Batali. I don’t usually like to compare every bald guy — Michael Stipe, the guy from Midnight Oil, anyone who has ever played Lex Luthor — to the Governor, but this one caught my attention. So…
Governor Pete Ricketts and celebrity chef/restauranteur, Joe Bastianich.
Shake Up at the McMansion?
Speaking of the Gov, we have a rumor or two about that office.
A few weeks back the latest was that his out-of-office, kitchen cabinet adviser, Jessica Flanagain (fka Jessica Moenning) was headed another direction — either on her own volition or being pushed along.
That never seemed to happen.
But now there are rumblings that Jessica may come on board with the Gov’s office in an official capacity.
There is a new job opening listed on the State Jobs website, that would indicate there will be folks moving around in the top offices. This could then give a little more leeway to bring Flanagain in with a little less pain (and possibly free up some cash to do so).
Flanagain could then move in at a press or policy position or somesuch — and then end the quasi-offical nature of her relationship with the Governor.
Of course she would have to drop her private political clients, and one wonders if her pay would need to be “supplemented” from another source as well.
Again, this is ALL rumor-mill stuff, but that scuttlebutt is this could all likely happen after the 1st of the new year.
Hopefully this will allow the Governor’s office to end some of the ham-fisted actions of the office when it comes to announcements, firings and hirings. But then again, once a “new” person comes in, there is likely to be a fair bit of uncomfortableness by the others who will find their established gigs shaken up just a bit.
What’s the analogy?
Too many chefs?
Too many chiefs and not enough indians?
There can be only One (for you Highlander fans)?
Pick your favorite.
Or pick your poison.
**UPDATE at 2:30pm**
And the rumor is confirmed by the Governor’s office:
LINCOLN – Today Governor Ricketts announced Jessica Flanagain, who has served him as a private advisor, is joining his office as Special Advisor to the Governor for External Affairs. Flanagain’s focus will include communications and strategic planning as well as coalition building.
“During the transition and over the last year, Jessica has managed my external advisory committees on agriculture, manufacturing, corrections, and health and human services, and I am excited to bring her into the office in an official capacity,” said Governor Ricketts. “I have known Jessica and worked with her in a variety of capacities over the last ten years. She brings a skill set and experience to the Governor’s office that complements my core team of advisors.”
For the last 10 years Flanagain has owned a consulting business with a diverse portfolio of corporate, non-profit, and political clients helping them identify goals and develop strategies to achieve communications and policy objectives.
Flanagain will start on December 28, 2015 and her salary will be $130,000.
Don Walton is bending over backwards to try to get Hillary the 2nd District’s Electoral vote.
Yes, Obama got in when he was first elected.
And Brad Ashford squeaked in last time too.
But while Ashford will be a rough stump to root out, don’t count on Hillary coming close in the Electoral Count.
Heck, Obama couldn’t even repeat in that one.
But that won’t stop Don from dreaming of a day when Bob Kerrey and Ben Nelson and Jim Exon ran amok in the Big Red state.
Which is now very big red.
2015 L.St. PotY
This will be a shortened week, but start thinking about who should be the 2015 Leavenworth St. Politician of the Year!
Could be a battle.
And remember to tell that Uncle who’s always down your neck at the Christmas dinner about Leavenworth St.
Sure you’ll have to explain the “information super highway” first. Then what a “browser” is. And how you can just type the address in. But feel good knowing that whether he types “leavenworthstreet.com” or “leavenworthst.com“, it all goes to the same place.
And thanks for reading!