Congressman Don Bacon officially has an opponent for the 2018 election.
Well, semi-officially anyway.
Now astute observers recognized instantly what is behind Eastman’s campaign logo:
It’s the Keystone XL Pipeline route!
Or maybe her alternative route? (Sigh. RIGHT OVER the Ogallala Aquifer…)
There’s a little bit of irony in that:
The story going around is that when Eastman, an elected member of the Metropolitan Community College Board of Governors, ran for that office…it wasn’t supposed to be her. The powers that be in the Democrat party saw that gig as easy pickin’s, and had someone else in mind. Eastman bucked them, ran, and won.
So, while seemingly on the same issue page as Jane Kleeb and Bernie Sanders, apparently she has not knelt before them, and has not been considered a “team player.” We will probably have to wait to see how all that works out.
But Eastman’s ever changing web site notes all the left leaning requisites: $15 minimum wage, “standing against Citizens United” (whatever that means), and no tax breaks for “wealthy corporations” (btw guys, that’s in there 2x in the same paragraph).
Which will make it interesting to watch when the other shoes drop.
The Ashfords have guaranteed that either Brad or Ann runs for Congress. “One of us is running. And that you can take to the bank,” Brad told The Hill.
So you’ve got Kara on the left and Brad, or his former Republican wife Ann, on the right. (You’ll remember that Ashford had a relatively conservative voting record during his two years in Congress, hoping to appease his very mixed district. Didn’t work out for him.)
One’s a lefty, but hasn’t bowed to the Elders. One’s a righty, but has never been considered a “true believer”.
Does that leave space for someone else to shoot the gap, as it were?
Someone who uses an inordinate amount of hair gel, spent the past 6 months talking about Congressional issues and is currently looking for a job?
Wouldn’t that be a fun primary to watch?
(Is it likely that Ashford and Mello would rip each other apart for the middle/right of center side of the local party? We will have to see how bad each wants it.)
All the while, we have Rep. Don Bacon working on the floor of the House (recently for the Kerrie Orozco Bill), talking to constituents and holding Town Hall Meetings.
Oh, remember those? Bacon was hounded in the press for not wanting to hold meetings that were taken over by the masked rabble-rousers whose specific intent was to disrupt Town Halls.
Well, things cooled off — protest march burnout set in — and Bacon has been holding Town Halls left and right across Nebraska’s 2nd District.
(Don’t worry Congressman, the OWH’s columnists will be up with that congratulatory piece in no time!)
Now just five months into his first term, some have noted that Don Bacon has held more Town Halls than Brad Ashford held in his entire 2 year term.
Fisching for an opponent?
All the while, Nebraska’s senior U.S. Senator, Deb Fischer, has held her usual Town Halls — 8 last August.
Fischer doesn’t get the press that some do, mainly because she is just doing her work in the Senate like most expect her to.
Though you would sort of expect a little coverage when, say, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture visits the state, and actually stays at her ranch near Valentine:
That’s Fischer with Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue holding a roundtable in the Sand Hills (well, not the hills themselves, mind you).
It is curious that this type of stuff doesn’t get more play on the eastern side of the state. You might note that agriculture commodity prices are the #1 issue that is pointed to for why the Nebraska Legislature’s current budget was so out of whack. As Fischer notes, “A great year for the rancher near Ogallala encourages the success of a business in Omaha’s Old Market.”
All the while Fischer is addressing issues like NAFTA, ethanol, net neutrality and health care, among all the others that she hits on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.
To put it another way, she is quietly kicking ass and taking names.
And she is up for re-election in 2018.
Any taker among the Dems for this office?
Someone that can really contend?
Heck St. Bob Kerrey of the Bridge could only muster 42% against the relatively unknown Fischer back in 2012.
If Cosmic Bob couldn’t do it, who can?
(But it would be quite the failure, if the current Dem Chair couldn’t come up with a serious candidate for that statewide office.)
Kara Eastman for U.S. Senate?
Oh, and apparently Jeff Fortenberry also has an opponent:
No not THAT Jessica McClure who was saved from the well back in 1987. (Well, we’re pretty sure it’s not Baby Jessica…)
You can see her website, etc. here.
Let’s just say that if Fort looks to be in jeopardy, we will letcha know.
**UPDATE at 10am**
Well THAT was quick.
Missed the LJS story that says Democrat Bill Hoppner is considering getting into the #NE01 race against Fortenberry. Hoppner, kiddies, lost to eventual Governor, then Senator Ben Nelson in the 1990 Democrat primary by 41 votes. FORTY-ONE VOTES, STATEWIDE!
Not saying Hoppner still has the juice he had 27 years ago, but probably has a little more than the above-referenced McClure.
(Oh, and apparently Dennis Crawford, who lost 2 years ago, is in the race as well.)