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Pete Ricketts for…President?

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts with then-candidate Donald Trump in Omaha in 2016


After posting, Leavenworth St. received a statement from Ricketts for Governor campaign manager, Jessica Flanagain (formerly special adviser to the Governor for external affairs). See that statement at the bottom of the post.

So I got this one this morning:

Nebraska Governor (and Chicago Cubs co-owner) Pete Ricketts has…allegedly…apparently…been calling various people to form a committee to discuss whether he should run for President.

As you pick your jaw up off the keyboard, here’s what I have been told…or rather NOT told:

No word if this is about 2020 or 2024.

And that question is the real kicker.

So let’s hit the more logical route first:



Why start discussing an office that’s 7 years away now, when ANYTHING could happen between now and then? Why bring this up when word of this would get out very soon (like now)…only a month after Ricketts announced his re-election campaign for Governor?

Maybe he figures after former Speaker Mike Flood’s drop-out, he’s got the election in the bag, so no time like the present onto bigger and better things?

But 2024 is is so far away and just a little bizarre to actually open the Presidential run discussion.

Wouldn’t Ricketts be better off just doing his trade deals, cutting taxes, maybe an innocuous trip to Iowa to discuss the Missouri River? Possibly a more transparent trip to New Hampshire eventually?

Sure those are run-of-the-mill Presidential-campaign things to do. And to start a 2024 discussion would be more out-of-the-box-ish.

But starting a mini-committee to hash it out before the next election is even started?



So, how about 2020?

Well, timing-wise, 2020 would make a little more sense, right?

If Ricketts knew President Trump wasn’t going to run for re-election…

Because there’s no way Ricketts would challenge Trump in a primary (right?). Ever since Cruz dropped out of the 2016 Primary, Ricketts has been a Trump-guy through and through.

But there has been speculation that Trump won’t run in 2020. (Though probably more that he definitely will run…) It has been sort of off-handed, and not really supported by anything Trump has said or done. But it has been put out there.

And in the mean time, Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse is making trips to Iowa, and not saying that he won’t run.

And there’s news today that Vice President Mike Pence is meeting with major donors — for the re-election? For himself?

All this sort of leads to…what does Pete Ricketts know?

Has he had it hinted to him that Trump is not going to run, and now is the time to get things going?
Or maybe has it been hinted by Mike Pence that Pence will be needing a running-mate, but it’s gotta be a guy who seems Presidential, so get on board.

Think about that: Who could Mike Pence find who wouldn’t overshadow him personality-wise, has some cred…and ohbytheway has billions to spend?



But the kicker on a 2020 Ricketts run is…that would make the upcoming 2018 Governor’s campaign about electing…Lt. Governor Mike Foley for Governor. It would make it very awkward if the whole thing became, “yeah but you’re hoping to quit in 2 years“.

Ricketts would have to be extremely cocky about that not being an issue in his campaign — and maybe he is.

But that wouldn’t make it any less strange.

And just think how Trump would feel if someone else was getting out front on news of any plans he has for a second term. (Something tells me Trump likes to control his messages…)


Crossing the Rubicon…er…Missouri

And in the mean time, let’s not forget about Nebraska’s junior Senator, Ben Sasse, and his foray into Iowa over the weekend.

He was in Nevada (that’s nuh-VEY-duh, to you) near Ames talking to the Story County GOP. And of course when Sasse was asked about his 2020 intentions, he once again deflected, saying neither yes, nor no, nor maybe nor anything else related.

And Sasse didn’t reveal anything unusual or notable at this shindig. But speaking of Trump, he apparently sent along a letter to the Story Co. GOP:

Story County GOP Chairman Brett Barker came to the podium to read a letter from Trump to the audience in which the president praised Iowa’s commitment to his candidacy in 2016 and fondly recalled visits to nearby Ames.

But Sasse’s coy-ness about the whole thing makes one wonder what he is hearing in the halls of Congress and what the national politicos really think.

It’s all some heavy speculation.

But a Ricketts move — if it means 2020 — is a serious log on the fire.


President Ricketts?

All of this sort of begs the question…could Pete Ricketts be President of the United States? Is he qualified? Could he get elected?

Hey feel free to dive into that if you’d like. The current opinion seems to be, “well if Donald Trump can do it…” But Ricketts ain’t Donald Trump. Maybe he’s Mike Pence. Or Dan Quayle?

He may see himself as a baseball owner with a famous father who everyone underestimated but ran a conservative state up to being President.

Sound like anyone you know? (Cough..43…cough.)

Does it seem…likely? Boy, I don’t see it.

But tell that to the hundreds who have run– and lost — for President.

But the discussion of the points for “why”are much more interesting at this point.



Statement from the Pete Ricketts for Governor campaign:

Governor Ricketts is not considering a run for President, nor has he called anyone to discuss a committee, or even the idea of forming a committee. He is not thinking about a run for any office other than re-election as Nebraska’s Governor.

– Jessica Flanagain

(She goes on to give the standard, “committed to his job”, “not taking election for granted”, “supports the President”, “has best job in the world”, etc.)

Here is all we will say from here:

Leavenworth St. received this information from a trusted, respected source who is very confident in the details that are laid out above.

But, the Ricketts camp gives a full denial.
We will get back to you if there are further details.

MORE: How local Democrat officials behave (Holiday edition)

Nebraska 2nd District Congressman Don Bacon spent the 4th of July walking (and running) at various parades around the district.

At the GE George Parade in Dundee, the retired General marched dutifully along while being heckled by a group of Bacon-haters. (Not to be confused with the delicious Wendy’s sandwich.)

So when he got to Ralston, and the same gang was helping the folks there enjoy their 4th by yelling at the Congressman, Rep. Bacon decided to greet the creeps directly:

So who’s the guy who made his own “Bacon Kills / Bacon Sucks” stencils?

Oh, just a member of the Nebraska Democrat Party’s Central Committee.

His name is Mark Vondrasek and he enjoys being a thorn in everyone’s side.

Everyone’s? Yep, he is apparently on the side of the now infamous Chelsey Gentry-Tipton, –who wrote about her laughter at Congressmen after the assassination attempt, claimed she was the victim, then worked with a friend to (allegedly) blackmail a fellow party member before helping to get him booted from the party.

So, because Vondrasek is on Gentry-Tipton’s side, that means he’s ….anti-Democrat Party Chair Jane Kleeb.


So how do Kleeb and Bacon differ on their approach?

Don walked right up to this guy, and took a photo with him.  Vondrasek as you can see, flipped the bird.

Thumbs Up vs The Bird

(That means he’s fighting against “The Man”, in case you weren’t down with the opposition’s call signs.)

But what does Jane do when questioned by the exact same guy? Let’s watch:

She turns tail and runs.

Well, she walks away as fast as she can.

Won’t answer his repeated questions. Won’t address him as a Central Committee member.

Smiles and flees.

What’s the idea again? They go low and we go high?

All politics is local, friends.

And it doesn’t get any more local than walking down the street in a parade. (Or, conversely, walking away.)



And just to put a bow on it, here’s how former Rep. Brad Ashford responded when asked a direct question about his party affiliation in a similar parade setting:


The Works

And these are always cool, so here’s KETV’s timelapse of the Omaha skyline on the evening of the 4th:



An extra gill

What’s turning into an annual thing here on Leavenworth St., one of my favorite stories from Stephen Ambrose’s book, Undaunted Courage, about the Lewis and Clark expedition.

In this excellent telling of the exploration by Lewis and Clark, Ambrose gives the following description of July 4, 1804:

On July 4, the men ushered in the day with a firing of the cannon.

At noon, the party pulled ashore at the mouth of a creek of some fifteen yards wide, “coming out of an extensive Prarie” on the left (west) side. As they ate, the captains questioned the voyagers. No, they knew no name for the creek.

The captains thereupon named it, their second experience in bestowing a name. They called it Independence Creek.

The expedition pulled over for the night at the site of an old Kansas Indian town. “We Camped in the plain,” Clark wrote, “one of the most butifull Plains I ever Saw, open & butifully diversified with hills & wallies all presenting themselves to the river covered with grass and a few scattering trees, a handsom Creek meandering thro.”

The captains ordered an extra gill distributed.

As they sipped their portions, they took in their surroundings and were quite overwhelmed. The country was covered with a sweet and nourishing grass, interspersed with copses of trees “Spreding ther lofty branchs over Pools Springs or Brooks of fine water. Groops of Shrubs covered with the most delicious froot is to be seen in every direction, and nature appears to have exerted herself to butify the Senery by the variety of flours Delicately and highly flavered raised above the Grass, which Strikes and profumes the Sensation, and amuses the mind.”

At sunset, the men again fired the cannon.

It was the first-ever Fourth of July celebration west of the Mississippi River.

As you (hopefully) fire up the grill, watch the parades go by and kick back with your favorite beverage while watching the rockets’ red glare, remember Lewis and Clark and their crew.

Out on the midwest plains they too fired their cannons, had an extra gill of whiskey, and admired the beauty of the land.

Perfect way to celebrate America.

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Giving the finger

Ashford takes part in First Class sit-in

Earlier this week, Leavenworth St. that the Congressional Leadership Fund issued results of a poll showing Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi’s low disapproval ratings in key Congressional Districts around the country.

Specifically, it noted that of 11 “swing” Districts polled, Nebraska’s 2nd District had the worst numbers for Pelosi — 60% disapproval.

So how did Nebraska Democrat Chair Jane Kleeb respond to reporter Joe Jordan’s question about Pelosi being a “drag”?

“She is not a drag at all. I think when the Republican Party attacks a strong woman and a mother mocking her and trying to villainize her it says more about their feelings on women.”

And it should be clear that when Kleeb and her Democrat buddies go to the “strong woman” card, she is flailing about on her rudderless ship.

How do Nebraska Republicans feel about actual strong women?

Oh I don’t know, maybe we could ask, Nebraska’s Senior U.S. Senator Deb Fischer?

Or maybe the Mayor of it’s largest city, Jean Stothert?

Then we could talk to the Mayor of it’s 3rd largest city (not including Memorial Stadium, of course) Rita Sanders in Bellevue.

How about the only woman on the Omaha City Council, Republican Aimee Melton?

And we could all go on and on through every level of government in Nebraska, talking to strong REPUBLICAN women.

As for the Democrats?

Well we know that the hard-core state Democrats, like Jane, chose an old white man over their female candidate in the state caucuses.

While there was already a female candidate in the 2nd District, another old white male Democrat re-treaded the campaign tires for his campaign.

And women in the state party, such as FORMER Democrat Central Committee member Linda Anderson, are leaving the party hierarchy because of the issues the leadership has with continually propping up “white, male, lawyers”, as she put it.

Heck, after much fanfare about a second woman running for Congress in the 2nd, Brad Ashford’s wife didn’t even issue a press release saying that she decided not to run — leaving it to Brad to start spouting off about wanting just keep running for office.

Yes Jane, there is a problem with one of Nebraska’s parties and strong female elected officials.

And it would be wise of you to start fixing that problem the Nebraska Democrats clearly have.


First-Class Brad

Which leads us back to Brad Ashford.

Here is Jane Kleeb worrying that the GOP can’t support Nancy Pelosi…when her own candidates can’t decide whether they support her!

Ashford responded to the Pelosi-drag poll with his finger in the air about whether or not he would AGAIN vote for her for Speaker:

“I haven’t gotten to that in my head, deciding what I’d do.”

Gee Brad, what is it you have against “strong women”???

Brad calls his support of Nancy Pelosi, “inside baseball”.

Well, no, this is something voters would like to actually know about a candidate: where they stand on the issues, and who they support driving the agenda in Washington. Heck, this is particularly the case in the House, where the Speaker decides what does and does not get done.

So here’s the deal Brad:

We will just assume that your past support for Nancy Pelosi — voting for her for Speaker, having her to Omaha for a private dinner-date — means that you STILL support her, and her agenda.

Unless you feel that breeze chill your finger, and you change your mind.

We still remember when you told voters you didn’t know what party you were in, or when you suggested you might vote Jeb Bush for President.

We realize you’ll do anything to get re-elected.



And just to round things out, hey LJS Editorial Board, you might need a visit from the boys at Project Veritas, after your recent editorial.

They suggested that because Senator Deb Fischer didn’t want the loony-bins from Betsy Riot and Indivisible Nebraska disrupting her campaign announcement in Lincoln, that it encourages a feeling of non-accessibility.

LJS, when you write this garbage, it encourages a feeling of dishonesty in the media.

You know, I know and everyone knows that events like this are private, and you can exclude anyone you want.

AND, Deb Fischer has been holding Town Halls throughout her Senate career.

She is accessible to all of her constituents at any official function.

It’d be nice if you cut the crap.



And have a great weekend!

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The Pete Ricketts polling numbers that could mean a Mike Flood GOP primary challenge

Mike Flood for Governor…in 2012

Former Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman kicked up a bit of a storm yesterday on KLIN’s Drive Time Lincoln, with host Coby Mach. Mach asked Heineman about his interest in running again for Governor.

Hear it here (at about the 12:00 mark):

Heineman demurred, saying he is happy with his life.

But he went a step further:

“I will say I think (former Nebraska Speaker of the Legislature) Mike Flood would make an outstanding Governor.”

Mach followed up:

“Do you anticipate endorsing Pete Ricketts?’


“I think the Governor’s had some challenges…he needs to work through those…I’m disappointed we haven’t solved the property tax issue here in Nebraska. We made progress on that when I was Governor, but in last few years we let that go by the wayside.”

That certainly wasn’t a “yes”.
(And some would note that it probably wasn’t lost on the former Governor to needle Ricketts while he was mugging with his World Series trophy in the Oval Office on Wednesday…)

So Leavenworth St. dug a little deeper.

It seems that there is definitely an interest out there from Mike Flood. If there is a number on Flood’s interest, some say (purely speculatively at this point) that it is over 50%.

Which is also an interesting number.

Because Leavenworth St. has also heard that there has been some polling of Nebraska GOP likely voters.

And that polling currently shows, Governor Pete Ricketts’ re-elect number, from GOP primary voters, is UNDER 50%.

State that again: fewer than 50% of those polled said they definitely would vote for Ricketts. That’s just a bit shocking in Nebraska’s political climate.

So back to Flood.

You may remember that he dropped out of the 2014 Governor’s race when his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. After speculation (by Leavenworth St. and others) that he would get back in the race, that obviously never happened, and he continued in the radio business in Norfolk.

Well, jump to 2017, and Flood’s wife Mandi has a clean bill of health.

Flood still has a record as one of the most popular Speakers in recent Nebraska Unicameral history. He could potentially have the support of Nebraska’s longest serving Governors.

And Leavenworth St. has also heard that there are some very powerful groups in Nebraska who could also be behind a Flood candidacy — which groups, we have to play coy on now.

And there’s the surprisingly low Ricketts re-elect numbers.

Does this add up to a Mike Flood challenge of an incumbent Governor, who has already announced his re-election campaign, and has pockets so deep they run to his ankles and down the street?

Not so fast.
A number of other factors would have to be present.

Like, just what sort of support could Flood get to be competitive with the limitless financial resources of the owners of the Chicago Cubs?

It’s not impossible. All the Joe Ricketts cash in the world couldn’t push Pete Ricketts past Ben Nelson in 2006. Then again, Nelson, like Ricketts now, was an incumbent. And that ain’t for nothin’.

And, FWIW, some Democrats are already hoping to see Ricketts go down to give them some sort of a chance at the Governor’s Lincoln McMansion. (Hope springs eternal!)

But things are very fluid.
And Leavenworth St. will keep you updated.

In the mean time, please discuss.

**UPDATE at 2pm!**

Per the LJS:
Flood says he won’t run for governor in 2018


But what about…?

This is such big news, we will save some of the other interesting stuff in the news for Friday morning. It’s not going anywhere.


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The Wheels Down Politics Show – Sam Fischer & Dave Boomer of the Mayor Stothert re-election campaign

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Sam Fischer

Jerry Kratochvil chats with Sam Fischer and Dave Boomer, campaign manager and communications director respectively, for Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert’s successful re-election campaign.

Sam, Dave, and Jerry discuss…

  • Primary night,
  • the Taylor Royal effect,
  • the Bernie Sanders visit,
  • the Scott Walker visit,
  • the Heath Mello message,
  • and their outstanding candidate, Mayor Jean Stothert,

…among other things in this wrap-up of the 2017 Omaha Mayor’s race.

Dave Boomer (with Mayor Jean Stothert)

Find them on the Twitter…




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Still “F***in’ glad”

Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi in Omaha for a summer dinner with Brad Ashford

Surprise, surprise!

As reported by the OWH, the full secret recording of Nebraska Democrat Party Technology Chair Phil Montag shows that Montag did say what he meant, and meant what he said when he blurted out that he was glad that Rep. Steve Scalise got shot.

Oh, sorry. “Fu**in’ glad.

But the audio also strongly suggests that Destin Madison and Chelsey Gentry-Tipton were blackmailing Montag to publicly show his support for Gentry-Tipton after her comments — or else they’d release his comments.

And they did.

The story says that Gentry-Tipton was upset that Jane Kleeb didn’t just “denounce” her comments, instead of asking her to resign as she did.

They also, “talked about a rift between Democrats and black people.

And Madison said, “he was tired of Democrats saying one thing and then doing another.

Aren’t we all.


Under water

A memo is swirling around (H/T @TrailforAmerica) from some polling done by the Congressional Leadership Fund. They did polling on what Democrats consider 11 “competitive” Congressional races around the country — including Nebraska’s 2nd District.

In those 11 districts, they asked voters their thoughts on Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Of the 11, Pelosi’s image was last in #NE02.

60% of Nebraska 2nd District voters said they have an unfavorable view of Nancy Pelosi. And only 30% had a favorable view. (And there’s a heck of a lot more Dems in the 2nd than 30%, last time I checked.)

Hey, you remember Nancy Pelosi, right Brad? You voted for her for Speaker, then had her to dinner in Omaha.


Remember 2016

And Isn’t it something how the Brad Ashford family campaign team is Tweeting up a storm about Congressman Don Bacon’s position on the AHCA (which by the way, will be a completely different bill that ever gets passed, after the Senate takes their swing).

But keep this in mind:
During his brief stint in Congress, Brad Ashford first said he was opposed to ObamaCare. Then he voted for it twice, caving to Nancy Pelosi’s wishes.

And under Brad Ashford’s ObamaCare…
Premiums for Nebraskans have doubled.
People have lost the coverage they wanted.
And now they’re down to ONE choice for an insurer.

“If you like your insurance plan, you can keep your insurance plan. If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.”

And now Ashford’s pointing fingers at Don Bacon?

No wonder his Twitter handle is still @BradAshford16.


No Shirt, No Shoes, No Dice

A shoutout to the Democrats who showed up at Senator Fischer’s campaign event in Lincoln, and were refused entrance — and to all the rest of you trying to crash your campaign opponent’s gigs:

If you’re not there to support the candidate…YOU AREN’T INVITED.

Enough of these people busting in and saying, “I have a right to ask questions of these elected officials!

No. No you don’t. Not at a private event.

And oh by the way, you also don’t have the right to post how you think they’re terrible people who hate puppies, on their campaign Facebook pages. And you don’t have a right to follow them on on their Twitter account. (It’s not rocket-science to get around that, btw.)

If the candidate or the campaign wants to engage you in debate — in public or online — that’s their prerogative. Otherwise, use your own damn Facebook page, Twitter account and/or campaign event to make your feelings known.

The campaign isn’t there to serve your purposes.
They get to do what they want.

Oh, and and you get to do what you want.
Just not on their dime.


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Good Monday to ya’ll.
I was on “The American Way with Ian Swanson” on Saturday (1420AM, 94.5FM) to discuss the current, sad, state of the Nebraska Democrat party.

Hear it here:

I was Ian’s first guest, going for the first 15 minutes or so. Enjoy.



Prior to my radio debut with Ian, Nebraska’s Senior U.S. Senator, Deb Fischer was in Omaha, then Grand Island, Scottsbluff, Kearney and Lincoln to kick-off her 2018 re-election campaign.

Fischer was joined by Governor Pete Ricketts, as well as former Governor’s Dave Heineman and Kay Orr, Congressmen Don Bacon and Adrian Smith, as well as Mayor Jean Stothert and Bellevue Mayor Rita Sanders.

Currently, Fischer is opponent-less in her race. And as the Cook Political Report notes, “You can’t beat someone with no one.

But the Nebraska Democrats have stated on The Facebook:

“We have a candidate. They will announce by early Fall.”

Wonder which wing of the party of the party “they’ll” be from.


Study: Water, wet

UW study finds Seattle’s minimum wage is costing jobs

Hmm… So you’re telling me that if businesses are forced to pay their workers more, they’ll cut back on the number of work hours they give out?

What is this crazy math that you’re presenting me?

Carry on.


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Clean up

Phil Montag’s time runs out…

The ugly ballad of hatred in the Nebraska Democrat party is hopefully coming to an end.

But coupled upon (former) Nebraska Democrat Party Technology Chair, Phil Montag’s story, is how it all occurred in the first place.

According to the OWH’s interview with Montag…

In an interview Thursday, Montag said that he had gone to see Gentry-Tipton to console her during the fallout over her posts and party leaders’ response but that she and Madison were trying to use the recording to blackmail him into posting a public statement of support for her.

What. The. Hell.

So Montag went to Gentry-Tipton’s house to show his support, only to be ambushed and set up for blackmail?

The crazy thing is, based upon the course of events it’s not that absurd of an accusation. Why else was Destin Madison recording the conversation with someone who was reportedly there to “console” her. Or maybe Madison and Gentry-Tipton were familiar with Montag’s exploits and were “ready for anything”.

What’s clear is that they got their revenge on Jane Kleeb’s appointed guy, and brought the whole thing to another level with Montag’s cooperation.

Democrats would be wise to get the NDP to state exactly what it is they all believe in, and if they don’t, to get out.


Take me to the river

We skipped over the relatively shocking statements by Iowa Republican Party Chair Steve Kaufmann calling out Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse at the President Trump rally in Cedar Rapids.

Kind of out of the blue, while warming up the crowd, Kauffmann exclaimed:

“We had Senator Ben Sasse from Nebraska, he crosses the Missouri River, and in that sanctimonious tone talks about what he doesn’t like about Donald Trump,” Kaufmann said. “You know what, Senator Sasse? I really don’t care what you like. We love Donald Trump. And if you don’t love him, I suggest you stay on your side of the Missouri River.”

And then he followed up with a reporter:

“He’s an arrogant academic,” Kaufmann said of Sasse, a former college president. “He’s sanctimonious. His statements are geared toward what can help him. He’s arrogant. And he’s not a team player, when in reality the only reason he’s got any clout at all in the Senate is because the Republican Party has the majority.”

Kaufmann paused, then added: “The most important thing to Ben Sasse is Ben Sasse.”

How do you really feel Steve?

The setting was a little strange, then again, the sentiments aren’t unusual among many Republicans. Sasse has been a thorn in Trump’s side since early last year, and hasn’t let up much since.

Sasse took the position around the 2016 Nebraska Republican Party convention where he stuck to wanting a third-party candidate to take on Trump and Hillary Clinton — and many in the party haven’t forgotten. Kaufmann is the type of Republican elephant who never forgets.

And then Sasse has brought this to a head just a bit, with his forray into Iowa to address Republicans in a gathering in a few weeks. He will likely find plenty of his supporters there.

But a trip to Iowa has a special significance in American politics, same as a trip to New Hampshire. It means you’re interested in being President, or at least talking Presidential politics, with a slant to your own candidacy.

By making such a trip amid his general distain for the President’s positions and politics generally, and just coming off his long book tour, Sasse invites speculation, criticism, discussion, and all the other things that he is apparently hoping to stoke.

And he knows it.

What he probably wasn’t expecting was this shot across the bow from Kaufmann. Then again, all promotion is good promotion, right?

Sasse likes to spark discussions, and this will likely provide kindling for his next trip.



The Cook Political Report dove right in on the Nebraska 2nd District race.

They have declared the 2018 race for the seat Congressman Don Bacon holds as a “Toss Up”.

Not sure who Cook convened with to arrive at this conclusion, but I guess they’re allowed their opinions.

Another Nebraska Democrat celebrates Congressional assassination attempt

Phil Montag, April 2017, with his Nebraska Democrat Party badge

A Nebraska Democrat Party official has said on recorded audio that he is “fuckin’ glad” Congressman Steve Scalise got shot, and that he wishes Scalise “was fuckin’ dead“.

The list of Nebraska Democrats expressing glee about the shooting of Scalise is growing.

Nebraska Democrat Party Black Caucus Chair, Chelsey Gentry-Tipton. Gentry-Tipton has been in the news since posting on Facebook that she thought it “funny” that Republicans were “crying” after Scalise and others were shot.

Nebraska Democrat Party “Technology Chair” (at least that’s how’s he’s described in the video below) Phil Montag was at a private meeting to show his support for Gentry-Tipton.

Apparently unbeknownst to Montag, another Democrat at the meeting was recording their conversation — something he didn’t tell Montag until AFTER Montag spouted off about his true feelings about the shooting.

Listen to the audio here:

Here is a transcript of the discussion:

Male: “Right now, so what is it that you want to do?”

Phil Montag: “Let me tell you, that motherfucker, the one that was shot, the scafie guy…I mean that guy, what’s was his name scafie?”

Female: “Scalise”

Male: “I really don’t want you to deflect right now.”

Montag: “No, this motherfucker, like his whole job is to like get people , convince Republicans to fuckin’ kick people off fuckin’ healthcare”

Female: “We know all of this.”

Montag: “I hate this motherfucker”

Female: “We know this”

Montage: “I’m fuckin’ glad he got shot!”

Male: “Phil! Phil!”

Montag: “I’m glad he got shot!”

Male: “Dude!”

Montage: “I’m not going to fuckin’ say that in public.”

Female: “You don’t have to say that in public.”

Male: “Then what are you saying it to us for?”

Female: “Say something, say something.”

Male: “What are you telling us for?”

Montag: “I wish he was fuckin’ dead!”

Male: “Why are you telling us but not telling anyone else?”

Montag: “Cause I’m trying to fuckin’ figure all this shit out.”

Male: “It’s OK, because I’ve been recoding this conversation since you’ve come in, so I will publicly release it myself.”

It has been suggested that the other male individual who says he was recording, is Destin Madison, like Gentry-Tipton, a member of the Nebraska Democrat Black Caucus.

Montag’s Facebook and Twitter accounts have been deleted, though his blog page is still up [Update: That blog was taken down as well, about 1/2 hr after this post.].

If he ever was listed before, there is no listing of him as the “Technology Chair” on the Nebraska Democrats’ website. But he is still listed as the Chair of the “Nebraska Democrats Working Families Caucus” on their website — though he may not still be in that position.

An individual on the “Talk Real Solutions” blog, where this video seemed to first be published after it was put on YouTube, asks:

“Will white privilege win, or will the Democrats right this listing ship and stay out of Black people’s affairs?”

It isn’t clear why that writer finds criticism of laughing at a political assassination attempt is a matter of race.

But it is clear that Montag’s statements are even more reprehensible than Gentry-Tipton’s — even if said in what he thought was a private setting.

Of course the kicker on all of this is just how many more Democrats are saying this in private, without a recorder running.

As of 1pm today (6/22/17), neither Nebraska Democrat Chair, Jane Kleeb, nor the Nebraska Democrat Party has put out a statement regarding this.

Note that in the previous case, Gentry-Tipton said that Kleeb asked for her resignation before even talking to her. The above video has been up since at least 9:30 am today.


Montag was a Hillary Clinton supporter during the Nebraska primaries and caucuses.


He incurred the wrath of other Nebraska Democrats, on Facebook anyway, for trying to “troll” Bernie Sanders supporters.

They would have none of it:

Just yesterday Nebraska Democrat Chair Jane Kleeb Tweeted the reason the Dems lost in #GA06 is “get big money out of politics”.

In a race where the Democrat spent 6x more than the Republican.

So her solution to the Democrat’s woes?

“…trust your state parties and local grassroots groups first and always.”


This coming from the person who runs the state party and thought the best idea for the Omaha Democrats was to bring in Socialist Bernie Sanders and anti-Semite Keith Ellison to campaign for Heath Mello for Mayor.

In the majority Democrat Omaha, Mello lost to Republican Mayor Jean Stothert 53-46.

The Democrat party is a mess.