For those of you who got to see the Lego Batman Movie this weekend, you may have been surprised by this Separated at Birth:
The Lego Mayor of Gotham City (voiced by Mariah Carey) and the Mayor of the City of Omaha (voiced by Jean Stothert)!
It is always fun when news flies in from casual observers at public establishments.
Case in point: Apparently, former 2nd District Congressman Brad Ashford was at Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Lounge this past Friday night. The Cap Lounge is just around the corner from the House office buildings, and a long-time popular place for staffers and other politicos.
The former Congressman had reportedly been there a while (ahem) and someone asked if he was coming back to DC…to lobby.
He (allegedly) replied, No, that he was back in town …planning his political future. He also (we are told) said he was looking to take back his seat in Congress.
This may explain much of the perceived politiking Ashford seems to be doing — going on KFAB, posting photos on his Facebook page with his good buddy George Norris, and protesting at rallies against the new immigration orders.
Funny thing about that last one:
Ashford voted FOR the expansion of background checks on Iraqi and Syrian refugees when he was an actual voting Member of Congress.
Wonder if that was on his sign when he was yelling “Hey Hey, Ho Ho, The Incoming Immigrant Population Is Way Too Low!”
Voting records can be a pesky thing.
Wondering where Nebraska Democrat Party Chair Jane Kleeb and Democrat Mayoral candidate Heath Mello are, on calling for Douglas County Democrat Party Chair Crystal Rhoades’ resignation from the Nebraska Public Service Commission.
It was recently discovered that Rhoades was using her position as a Public Service Commission commissioner for overt political purposes, unrelated to official business, as well as using her personal email account to further it.
If you don’t know, when you get one of those robocalls asking you to support candidate X,Y or Z, the script for the robocall has to be submitted to the PSC beforehand. After that, the scripts are public record, and it is common for campaigns or others to request the scripts from PSC staff.
But what Rhoades was doing, as an elected Commissioner, was proactively taking the scripts, as they came in, and forwarding them to her political allies, HERSELF.
In one instance the commissioners were forwarded a candidate’s scripts at 2:25pm and Rhoades then forwarded them to the candidate’s opponent at 2:44pm. Those calls did not go out until after 6pm that evening.
And she was caught forwarding those scripts to her personal email account as well.
Then there was the little matter of Rhaodes committee testimony yesterday. She was asked superficially if her husband, Ben Onkka, was involved with any campaign. She (reportedly!) said no.
Let’s go to the Facebook images!
The truth is, obviously, that both Democrat Party Chair / PSC Commissioner Rhoades and her husband were very involved with the Tony Vargas campaign.
My oh my.
Abuse of power.
Lying to to State Senators.
Use of public property for personal reasons.
These are some issues for all with the power to judge to consider.
A few races shaping up in Omaha.
Chairman of the City of Omaha Planning Board, Brinker Harding, is running against former State Senator Dwite Pedersen in the newly drawn West O District 6.
Harding was Chief of Staff to Omaha Mayor Hal Daub and is a commercial real estate adviser and broker, and a Republican.
Pedersen is also a registered Republican, though some of his support doesn’t exactly jibe with that. He has the backing of local Union chief Terry Moore, and his campaign is being consulted by former Democrat Jim Suttle campaign honcho Gary Di Silvestro.
There’s a name from the past for you!
And the Mayor’s race keeps flowing, with a recent story about how Heath Mello is a “South Omaha Boy”.
Sort of reminds me of when former President Barack Obama was puffing about his love of the White Sox and called himself a “South Side kid” — then couldn’t name any former White Sox players. That’s because he was not a “South Side kid”…unless that was the south side of Honolulu.
In similar fashion, Mello didn’t grow up in “South Omaha”, as the boundaries are traditionally drawn. And then there’s the fact that he graduated from Gretna High School.
But campaigns are fun.