Kleeb says Bruning should resign… and collect sleeping bags
Bruning made the comment while campaigning in Papillion for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Ben Nelson.
Jane Kleeb — founder of the liberal blog Bold Nebraska and wife of former congressional candidate Scott Kleeb — today said Bruning should step down from his day job “so he can focus on his campaign and feel free to say what he will about our fellow Nebraskans without tainting the high-level position he currently holds. His prejudices against an entire group of Nebraskans prohibit him from objectively doing his job.”
But that’s not all. She also challenged him to start collecting new sleeping bags for kids, saying, “As we start our school year, we have far too many homeless kids whose parents are trying to squeeze by and often have to sleep on floors of friends’ and families’ homes. Welfare is a safety net, and the sleeping bags can be a welcome comfort for too many kids in our state.”
Uh, okay. I get the first challenge — the one about stepping down. That’s something I would expect from a hyper-Democrat like Kleeb. But calling on him to gather up sleeping bags for homeless kids?
Bruning is all over the press for this apparently off-the-cuff remark he made while stumping last weekend at the Heartland Liberty Fest, which is sponsored by the Libertarian Party, Americans for Prosperity and the state Republican Party.
The fallout from Bruning’s remarks — which he has apologized for, saying they were “inartful” — includes an Omaha TV report that delved into racial overtones, which was duly reported by Politico today. The TV reporter said, “For Teela Mickles and other African-Americans we talked to, the raccoon reference brought back visions of an insulting anti-black caricature that is dehumanizing, portrayed as idle, lazy and inarticulate.”
And you can bet Bruning’s opponents won’t let people forget the remark in the coming months.