Who ever knows how much an endorsement affects anyone’s actual vote these days. It seems like a decent indicator of a candidate’s, but probably is more of effective where a candidate is unknown and needs to get their ID up.
A few cases in point…
Governor Pete Ricketts is continuing his barnstorming for various legislative candidates in Nebraska.
The latest is in Kearney, where, according to the OWH, he has endorsed John Lowe over Bob Lammers for term-limited Galen Hadley’s seat.
Both are Republicans, so this is not without a little controversy.
One good quote:
“Ricketts, when asked earlier this week, said that he doesn’t expect candidates to agree with him on every issue…”
Hahaha! Ho…ho! Whewwww!
He doesn’t EXPECT that you’ll agree with him on every issue, but if you DON’T, expect a call out, by name, at the state GOP Convention.
Now to be fair here, Lowe, whom Ricketts endorsed, was his county county chairman for his 2014 campaign. That’s not for nothing.
And then Lammers has said he is…
For the Gas Tax…
For licenses for DREAMers
Against Charter Schools.
So what ever Lammers was hoping for, a Ricketts endorsement with those stats shouldn’t have been terribly expected.
But here is the funny line from Lammers:
“I’ll be looking for what’s right for Kearney and the State of Nebraska and not necessarily what’s right for an Omaha governor who is going to make decisions for my opponent.”
That is always chuckleworthy for the Omahan who has NO IDEA how much enmity is directed at Omahans from those in “Greater Nebraska.” (Greater than what?)
Personally, I always laughed back in the campaign days when I’d be somewhere in central Nebraska and get asked my background…
“Did ya go to The University?”
“Where are you from?”
“Where did ya go to high school?”
It would be surprising to see Kearneyites (Kearnians?) not being influenced by the Governor’s endorsement. But then again, hatred for Omaha can go a long way.
Lowe v. Lammers.
We’ll keep you updated.
The College vote
And Republican Congressional candidate Don Bacon today announced the endorsement he received from a collegiate “Students for Bacon” group.
Notable in the endorsement is the point that “Brad Ashford not only refused to debate before military ballots went out, but he refused to even acknowledge a debate invitation from the student government of the largest collegiate institution in town.”
Why is Brad hiding?
After Governor Ricketts’ dad — a significant #NeverTrumper — switched his allegiance to Donald Trump for the campaign, one of the kids made her position clear.
Laura, the lone sister in the Ricketts clan of Chicago Cubs owners, went to Wrigley, but didn’t sport her Cubbies lid:
Unknown if the rest of the kids will try to mutiny against Dad’s pick.
Thanksgiving just got THAT much more uncomfortable…
Maybe Joe will bring in Ted Cruz to even things out…
And Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer, during her weekly Nebraska press call, gave a little more info about her recent discussion with Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, during a meeting with fellow female legislators in Washington:
“We talked about Ivanka’s passion in dealing with family issues specifically on equal pay, paid family leave, and child care. And about my equal pay and paid family leave bills in the Senate.
I was very pleased to talk to Ivanka about that, and see her passion for building and maintaining and helping our families grow stronger. It’s a great platform that she has as the daughter of nominee and I am excited to discuss this and work with her in the future.
We have some different views on some of the points, but I am pleased she is a spokesperson for them. She is articulate and does a good job and I look forward to working with her in the future.”
Fischer also noted that she was looking forward to her fly-around with Governor Ricketts and former Governor Kay Orr to discuss the upcoming roads and transportation projects pursuant to her Build Nebraska Act.
Oh, and that’s Fischer’s grade-school pic, up on the right, that she Tweeted earlier in the week…
Team Trump in Lincoln
The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture is holding its annual convention this week in Lincoln.
According to Politico:
“…on Thursday, the group passed what it has dubbed the “Call to Action to 2020: Advancing Agriculture through Enhanced Partnerships,” to underscore the importance of cooperative federalism and a true federal-state partnership.
Under the Obama administration, states have been instructed to enforce new clean water standards on large tracts of land, overhaul farm worker training programs and implement some of the most ambitious changes to food safety rules in decades. In each case, they’ve been given little chance to provide input in advance, and few funds to complete the job. That’s not a relationship the groups want repeated for the next four years.“
Donald Trump’s National Ag Chairman, Charles W. Herbster of Falls City, Nebraska, will be meeting with group of state agriculture commissioners at the convention.
Politico says that the Hillary Clinton campaign does NOT have any events planned with ag commissioners during the NASDA meeting.
Get well soon!
Hey, a Get Well Soon to Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert who wiped out during Summer Iditarod training!
Back injuries are miserable, but the Mayor will no doubt bounce back from this setback — though hopefully with fewer dogs on the traces.
We will keep you updated on her campaign announcements when we get them.
Mayor Stothert posted on FB that she will NOT have to have surgery on her back. Good news.
And don’t forget to send a Twitter or Facebook blast on your Leavenworth St. Nebraska Politics Quiz! Show your friends that you know the difference between the Bugeater Bounceback and the Nelson Nickelback!
And Go Huskers!!!!