Start your week out right, the Leavenworth St. way, with a Separated-at-Birth!
Douglas County Sheriff Tim Dunning and Dennis the Menace’s crotchety neighbor, Mr. Wilson!
Dunning pulled off something over the past week that few thought he could do in an election:
For the second time, he turned what he thought was a big plus into a serious negative for the Heath Mello for Mayor campaign.
First, a few weeks ago, Dunning announced that he was endorsing Mello. But then he screwed the pooch by revealing that it was all because of a grudge against Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert.
And THEN he announced that he, the top law enforcement officer in the county, was childishly blocking the Mayor’s phone calls, public-safety-be-damned.
Then Dunning, Mello and the local Firefighters Union (which doesn’t care for tough contract negotiations with Mayor Stothert) decided to pour some Dark Money into the Mayor’s race.
So what does Dunning do? He cuts an ad that hammers the Omaha Police Department, saying that Omaha has become less safe over the past four years, a position that the statistics don’t agree with.
And as it turns out, Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer doesn’t agree either.
And in one of the strangest political alliances since Richard Nixon and Elvis, Omaha Police Union President John Wells put out a joint statement with Schmaderer denouncing Dunning’s ad!
(In Dunning’s next move, he’s going to cause Elizabeth Warren and Steve Bannon to unite against him…)
One wonders how long the Fire Union and Mello will stick by their guy Dunning, as he gets his hole closer and closer to China.
As the world turns in Washington, D.C., the President’s Administration is still coming together. And a Nebraskan is still on the block for a top gig.
A bevy of groups have asked the President to choose Falls City, Nebraska’s Charles W. Herbster for the #2 spot in the Agriculture Department as the Deputy Secretary. Herbster was the President’s top Ag advisor during the campaign, and led a large group of national agriculture experts.
Herbster is a farmer and rancher, as well as the CEO of Conklin Company Inc., a manufacturing and distribution company in the fields of agronomics, animal, building, health, home and vehicle products. He was born and raised in Falls City, and was a candidate for Nebraska Governor in 2014, before a family illness cut short his campaign.
Herbster has received the endorsement of 19 national, state and local cattle trade associations representing 19 states.
The Senate has not yet finalized the confirmation of nominee Sonny Perdue as Ag Secretary.
In case you missed it, above referenced local Omaha Democrat Heath Mello is bringing in Socialist Party member, Bernie Sanders for his campaign in a few weeks.
Sanders is probably more of a Communist than a Socialist, but why quibble? Sanders was a big supporter of the Soviet Union and Nicaraguan Sandinistas back when he was the Mayor of Burlington, Vermont.
Maybe he is hoping to pass along some of his radical ideas for Omaha?
Well, no doubt THESE Omahans will be at the Sanders love-in:
Isn’t this a fine bunch, outside of the recent Douglas County Republican Party event, of whom the local Democrat can be proud?
They are SO committed, they even printed shirts with the F-word on them, to show that they are SUPER committed to their cause of calling people names!
(And someone needs to educate these youngsters that the Fascists were born from the Socialists…)
Of course, they’re not so committed that they’re willing to show their faces to anyone. But why show your face when your poster’s message is so clear?
Curious if any local Democrat will denounce these groups and their tactics.
Will Democrat Party Comisar Jane Kleeb note that this has no place at an evening where kids can see them? Will Heath Mello tell these self-avowed radicals to knock it off? Will whichever Ashford plans to run against Rep. Don Bacon step up and ask these people to show a little decency in their political expression?
The Kleebs and Mellos and Ashfords (both of them) of the party aren’t likely to cross their precious base of snowflakes and anarchists.
Besides, they’re too busy giving bumper stickers and voter registration forms to new immigrants, to be concerned about how their followers behave in public.