In yesterday’s post, former Nebraska Democrat Party chair Vince Powers’ Tweet was noted, where he posits that Nebraska 2nd District Democrats will nominate a Pro-Choice candidate for the 2018 election.
That would seem to exclude former Rep. Brad Ashford, who has voted “in favor of bills that ban abortions later than 20 weeks after fertilization and require notification of at least one parent when a girl 17 or younger seeks an abortion.”
Democrats would say that he’s not a “true believer”.
And it would definitely seem to rule out someone like Heath Mello, who couldn’t even bring himself to have a photo with Democrat superstar Bernie Sanders at their pep rally a few months ago.
But Brad Ashford IS telling people HE’s running for Congress.
(Which seems to put the spoils on that whole, “Is it Brad, or is it Ann!” discussion.)
Which brings us to…
Nebraska Democrat State Central Committee member Linda Anderson.
Er…FORMER State Central Committee member.
Ms. Anderson, it seems, has had a falling out with not only the state party, but with her most recent employer, Bold Nebraska.
Anderson was not only on the Dem’s central committee, but was Nebraska Director of (Jane Kleeb’s) Bold Nebraska, just hired 4 months ago.
But going further, she wrote a 600 word diatribe spelling out her resignation from the NDP’s Central Committee.
These included such things as…
We have consistently played the short term game of lesser of two evils, choosing name recognition and big money in our own state
Why are we trying to elect rich white men – mostly lawyers? Who thought this was a good idea? I cannot relate to anyone like this, can you?
…the NDP doesn’t want to spend any of their own money – OUR money that we’ve donated to the party I might add.
We only have two full time staff and one of those isn’t being paid by the NDP. NONE of the people on staff are women or minorities, which is deeply disturbing…
…should that money be going to helping new fresh-faced candidates with ideas that adhere to the platform?
…the same old candidates and the same old negative campaigning on media and FB.
And a final dig at Chief Commissar, Jane Kleeb:
When we elected our chair, we had hope that new faces would be pushed forward as candidates, progressive candidates would be brought to the fore, and we would return to the grassroots that this party was founded on. I had hoped we would start anew – look for common ground amongst us and follow through with hard work in finding candidates that we ALL can believe in. So far, for me, that has not been the case.
The fact that she has ditched BOTH the party AND Bold Nebraska would seem to be flag planted squarely at the foot of the Party Chairperson.
And this seems to be the theme of the week for the Dems, once again, as noted in Monday’s New York Times: The Base Wants It All. The Party Wants to Win.
So apparently the hard-cores among the Nebraska Democrats don’t want a Heath Mello at their Bernie rally. And frankly, they see where bowing to the moderates in their party hasn’t worked anyway.
It is a fascinating dilemma to watch from afar.
Then again, the Republican party isn’t all champagne and roses either, but winning over and over does help to soften those party differences.
One has to wonder if the Central Committee has already made their Dem picks for Governor and Senate — and the latest evil white, male, lawyer has been given their blessing.
Then again, maybe the Dem apparatchiks have just secretly endorsed Brad (white, male, lawyer) over Kara Eastman.
Maybe Ms. Anderson should suggest some female, former School Board Members.
You know, like (U.S. Senator) Deb Fischer and (Mayor) Jean Stothert…
(Oh, sorry, they’re Republicans….)
On the #NE02 front, someone took notice of a super PAC ad that had been running for over three months.
The ad, mentioned by the OWH’s Joe Morton, looks like this:
Morton asks whether they’re “misleading”.
Has Bacon been working to make sure that Offutt stays up to date and a strong part of the U.S. Defense apparatus?
He said his work on behalf of Offutt includes a laundry list of budget requests that include Offutt runway upgrades, modifications to the RC-135s, a new simulator building and gate security improvements.
“I am doing the best I know how to do anyway for advocating at Offutt,” he said.
Of course the kicker is that Bacon didn’t have anything to do with the Super PAC ads, because that’s illegal and could get him into loads of trouble.
So the group does what it does, and the point is made.
Look forward to the Dems questioning Bacon’s commitment to Offutt.
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