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Peculiar Result in Neb Primary

Posted by Dan Draney on May 24, 2010

can of hammerheads

Which is smarter: A Dem primary voter or this can of hammerheads?

Last Tuesday’s primary election here in Lincoln for the Congressional seat currently held by Jeff Fortenberry [R] is a bizarre and largely untold story. No, Rep. Fortenberry did not drown in a TEA Party tidal wave; he easily beat back his primary challengers. The oddity was in the Democrat primary, with the party’s choice, Ivy Harper, facing off against a group of amateurs. Two of her opponents were so inept they had no web presence at all and didn’t even bother  answering the questions to get into the Lincoln Journal Star Voter’s Guide.

Harper campaigned as a “moderate” Democrat, to the extent one believes such creatures exist, calling herself the “Center-Pivot Candidate.” It’s a small joke on the center-pivot irrigation systems, widely used in Nebraska, which apparently means she’ll be going around in circles. Or perhaps, it’s that once she’s elected she’ll pivot sharply to the left? On the issues Harper advocates pretty conventional liberal positions.

So it was shocking to see Harper struggle to eek out a win in a very tight race against Jessica Lynn Turek. Turek’s qualifications and positions via the Journal Star Voter’s Guide:

Turek says she is a Nebraska native who works to make us prouder Nebraskans. She says people deserve economic stability. Technology has made our lives easier and now is the time to make positive adjustments.

Turek has a Bachelor of Arts degree, more than six years of professional library experience and a year of AmeriCorps work.

What would you like to accomplish as a member of the House during the next two years?

Raise the minimum wage; price caps on housing, autos, produce and gas. Price caps on energy and make money beautiful and smell good.

Do you believe Congress should attempt to govern in a more bipartisan way, and if so, what actions would you take to try to help achieve that?

Bipartisanship is a natural result of good ideas. Positive, the Nebraska we want. Everlasting for the future now.

The rest of the questions were unanswered. Now Ms. Turek may be a wonderful person, but who in the world reads this kind of thing and decides, “Yeah, I’ll vote for that?”

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5 Responses to “Peculiar Result in Neb Primary”

  1. ptg said

    As you know, Dan, I favor some kind of limits to suffrage in the US. The votes for Turek support this thesis.

  2. ScottO said

    Well, we always hear about how dirty our money is. Wouldn’t we all want it to at least smell good?

  3. Dan Draney said

    Good point, Scott. Perhaps I’ve been blind to Ms. Turek’s unique insight into our financial problems. Thanks also for pointing out that “eek out” should be “eke out.” It was a mistake, but I’ll leave it, since it also fits in a whimsical way.

  4. Uncle Wiggily said

    Dan:

    I was so taken with your “eek” usage that I intend to steal and use it when appropriate. Kudos for leaving it alone … even when you were notified about it.

    Oh – and regarding Harper, Turek, et al … ptg is right – some folks shouldn’t be allowed within shouting distance of a voting booth.

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