LIBA endorses Travis Nelson for Council
Got a call from LIBA head Coby Mach today, and he informed me that LIBA will be endorsing Republican Travis Nelson for the Lincoln City Council, District 3.
I am running for the seat, as well as incumbent Democrat Jonathan Cook.
I was not surprised by the endorsement. Nelson is a LIBA member and has served on LIBA committees for several years, and he took great pains last week at the LIBA debate to portray himself as the most conservative candidate.
In addition, a LIBA PAC member has been telling people that I supported former Councilwoman Patte Newman for mayor, based on an old Winterized poll in which some readers nominated Newman and I to run for mayor — and I joked that if Patte ran, I’d be her lieutenant (of course, there is no such position). Apparently, this LIBA member took it seriously, and is spreading that rumor and trying to portray me as a liberal.
Somebody else has also jumped on the bandwagon based on a comment I made at the LIBA debate last week. The District 3 candidates were asked who they would install as the next president if they had a magic wand. I said Abraham Lincoln — saying that none of the Republicans have wowed me yet, and Obama is only doing an OK job.
Well. Some people seized upon that and took it as a ringing endorsement of Obama — in fact, a reader tells me he’s seen Facebook ads that say “Liberal Deena Winter; klin.com; At a recent event, City Council Candidate Deena Winter said, ‘OBAMA has done an OK job so far.’ Do you agree? Yes or no?” But he said when you click on the buttons, the ad goes nowhere.
Interesting to see how people are quick to paint you in the light they wish to see you.
If you see this Facebook ad, do me a favor and take a screen shot of it (on a Mac, you push Command Shift and 3 and it should be on your desktop) and email it to me.