How you been!?!
Let’s get to it!
Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert has her third ad out of the election season! See it here:
A nice spot focusing on the things that have put her in the lead (I’m told) in this race: Public safety and jobs. They are the basic needs and wants of the city. And she is coming through on them.
Currently Stothert’s main opponent, Heath Mello is running one spot: essentially a “get to know me” ad, that emphasizes his electability as a Honey-Do list dad.
But veteran reporter Joe Jordan pointed out a few weeks ago that Mello seems to be using a wait-and-see strategy on advertising. Holding off on his main ads until after the Primary, and just 30 days before the General.
Jordan calls it a risky strategy.
As far as Mello goes, he had an interesting interview on KETV’s Chronicle show with Rob McCartney. (There was a day, before we had 100 channels, when you HAD to watch such shows, because it was either that or All Star Wrestling on Sunday mornings.)
But McCartney did a nice job of letting Mello talk, while also peppering with a few non-softball questions.
But here was an easy one to Mello, with a surprising response:
What’s your plan for North Omaha development?
…with something about an “entrepreneurial ecosystem” to start small businesses.
And then, regarding “North Omaha development”, Mello responded…
“We know that there are a considerable number of people coming out of our criminal justice systems who are ex-offenders who are having a difficult time finding jobs and a difficult time finding housing.”
Well, now THERE’s an interesting response.
McCartney asks Mello about North Omaha, and Mello gives him an answer about employing people coming out of prison.
You will note that Mello didn’t talk about ex-cons when asked about West Omaha. Or Millard. Or Elkhorn. Or even his “base” in St. Thomas More parish west of South Omaha.
What say you, Mello supporters (who we know read Leavenworth St.)? Arguably your guy just called people who live in North Omaha a bunch of ex-cons. Oh sure that was after the “entrepreneurial ecosystem” buzz-word. But it was IMMEDIATELY after.
Heath Mello hears, “North Omaha.”
Heath Mello thinks, “Former inmates.”
Discuss amongst yourselves, Progressives.
Exciting times we’re living in where, apparently, if you scream loud enough, you are considered a victim. That was what happened to all the poor folks who were so hurt that they didn’t have the opportunity to scream at their elected representative in person.
So Senator Deb Fischer had a town hall with constituents in Holdredge. And Rep. Don Bacon met with the organized opposition in their own private meeting!
Of course Jeff Fortenberry may have wished to have gone the Bacon route, after being forced to play keep-away with the microphone.
But Fischer and Bacon’s graciousness with their political opponents was also chuckleworthy, in the reactions and responses of said opponents.
At Senator Fischer’s meet, a screamer was screaming that Fischer was NOT LISTENING to them when they said they didn’t want Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary. She voted for her anyway. So that means Fischer was “NOT LISTENING!!!”
And the Senator calmly informed this individual, and her fired-up cohorts, that what we have, is whatchcall a “representative government”, where the “representative” gathers up all the information at her disposal and then votes using her judgment.
The screamer would have none of it.
“YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO LISTEN TO US! YOU REPRESENT US!!!”
Isn’t that just darling. Local angry person thinks that the loudest people are the ones who make decisions. Sort of like Senator Fischer giving a civics lesson to a class of
3rd graders 2nd graders preschoolers.
And then Don Bacon met individually with “Indivisible Nebraska” who are a group organized to disrupt these types of town hall meetings. That’s what they do. They chat on Facebook and organize to disrupt public events.
So Bacon one-upped them and essentially dared them to disrupt their own private event.
And then at that meeting, where they got to sit down with the Congressman one-on-one, what was their beef at the end?
“He listened, but I don’t know that he heard us,” she said, adding that she hopes he holds a town hall.
(She also may have noted that Bacon can listen to Jimi, but he can’t hear Jimi…)
See, they can tell he didn’t “hear” them, because he ain’t voting the way they want. So, after getting a private meeting, what’s their hope? Scream him down at a town hall!
What is it the kids text these days?
Hey, Secretary of State John Gale is quitting after something like 15 years in the gig!
And you know what that means? An insane campaign for a job where no one really knows what they’d do!
Who may be in?
Let’s go to Don Walton of the LJS, who has his finger on the pulse of would-be SecStates:
The Democrat: State Senator Adam Morfeld (Lincoln). Look for the Dems to push really, really hard on this election. Jane Kleeb figures this is her foot in the door for a Democrat jumping to a higher office. Don’t look for big crowded primary here.
State Senator John Murante (Gretna)
State Senator Jim Smith (Papillion)
Attorney Bob Evnen (Lincoln)
More to come, no doubt.
Oh, and State Treasurer Don Stenberg will be term-limited as well.
It’ll be an election smorgasbord!