Lincoln Tea Party / Sen. Nelson's Voting Record Top Story on Ch. 8 News

Even before I had readied a press release announcing the April 11 Lincoln “Tax Freedom Tea Party” event, I was contacted by two members of the KLKN Ch. 8 news staff.

Clearly, Ch. 8, our local ABC affiliate, is anxious to cover a Tea Party.

One of the contacts was a reporter requesting to do a profile. Before that could be set up, I was contacted by the station’s assignment editor requesting an interview regarding statements made by Nebraska’s senior Senator, Ben Nelson.

Reille Creighton, a reporter I actually respect (gasp!) was assigned the story.  She covered the March 15th rally in front of Senator Nelson’s office. She promised the organizers John Grieser and Angela Slack she would be fair and get their message out and she did.

As Reille explained what was to be covered, it became clear to me that I was going to be the “opposition” opinion on the piece. As I readied myself, it occured to me that we are truly living in the Twilight Zone.

After all, there is a State GOP headquarters much more conveniently located to the TV station than my house. (Just ask the reporter, she got lost.)

Even dismissing the Tea Party “hoopla”, just how relevant is the Republican party these days? A homeschooling mother of three, blogger, and passionate concerned citizen vs. the State GOP? …Okay

Like I said, I knew what the angle was. Senator Nelson vs. Tea Party Organizer. Ok, fine. It gets the word out about the Tea Party.

As one of “those” people, I get to wait for the Nelson attack machine which has apparently effectively struck fear in the hearts of the Nebraska GOP. On February 25, I called their Communications Director when I was looking for guests for the special three hour live show that had been arranged for the Feb. 27th Nationwide Chicago Tea Party on BTR’s Grizzly Groundswell.

As I was handling those arrangements,  I thought, why not help out, as Grizzly’s Chad Everson would say, “in my own backyard”? After all, Sen. Nelson was at ground zero in ensuring the passage of the Stimulus  Bill. Hopefully there was an emerging candidate who would oppose the esteemed Senator on the next round.

I had already been “treated” to the whiz bang NE GOP strategy for dealing with Sen. Nelson: wait until the vote occurs on a very damaging piece of legislation, then issue a press release that…no one pays any attention to. The day before the vote was scheduled, the new Director informed, “Rest assured, we are going to be issuing a press release.”

Oh, yes, I really will sleep well at night knowing the NE GOP is on the job! Despite this glimpse of brilliance, I was hoping for better. On  Feb. 25, any illusions were quickly put to rest. The Communications Director had not heard of Rick Santelli, vaguely knew something about “Tea Parties”, but didn’t know of any candidates lining up to oppose Ben Nelson.

She stated that even if there were any emerging candidates, it would be unlikely they would “come out” this early. Nelson’s team would just get wind of it.

I wish I had taken notes for an exact quote, but that’s the gist. When I asked if anyone would like to be a guest on the Tea Party show, she said, perhaps the State Chairman (and this I do remember exactly) may “want to come and out and make a statement” but he was a busy attorney with ” a very busy schedule”. She kindly gave me his email address.

I determined that I couldn’t be the distruber of anyone’s “busy schedule”.

I think the report went fairly well. Of course, it’s always frustrating which particular clips are ultimately used. As my husband pointed out, finishing up with my response regarding Sen. Nelson’s statement that he wouldn’t currently vote for the budget as it exists would have been a better way to end the story.

I had stated that it would be difficult to believe. After all, Sen. Nelson said he was opposed to the Stimulus Bill initially. Despite the fact that nothing substantively changed about it, he voted for it anyway. He did so with calls 9 to 1 against it from his constituents.

Regardless, I hope that it helps get the word out to my fellow Nebraskans; they are not alone in their opposition to the Senator’s votes, and they hopefully got the message that I’ve received lots of emails and phone calls stating precisely that, whatever Sen. Nelson wants to make people believe.

6 thoughts on “Lincoln Tea Party / Sen. Nelson's Voting Record Top Story on Ch. 8 News”

  1. Keep holding their feet to the fire!

    Great interview and I assure you it will have a positive impact. The light of day is a great motivator to more reasonable actions. Everyone with any common sense knows you cannot spend your way out of debt. Many have tried and all have failed.


    1. Thank you Sandie!
      I really appreciate that. You know how these things work. I said many other things that were probably better than what made it on the story, but at least “every dollar we’re spending, we’re borrowing” got in.

  2. Glad to see some coverage in Nebraska, I am a Nebraska native, but now living in Oklahoma.
    Mr. Nelson’s comment about us being a small minority of americans that are protesting up-set me a bit, but believe he will soon see how wrong that statment was. I believe he didnt believe his own statement or he wouldnt have decided not to sign this next alotment of money form the govt being proposed. [alot of pressure is being put on the govt right now, BY the PEOPLE]
    I believe the majority of americans arent in favor of big govt. Government just is out of touch with the people of our nation, and only listen to their lobbiest and interest groups and the money being shoved at them.

  3. Thanks for your comments from Oklahoma.
    You are not the only one who watched the video to remark on Sen. Nelson’s assertion that for “everyone one of THOSE, there are twelve hundred who support me”. Me thinks the Senator doth protest too much.
    I do appreciate that Channel 8 is covering this story. It’s been fairly quiet from other media in the area. We will apparently need to send out yet another press release.
    If you get time, do drop a line to the Lincoln Journal Star. They completely ignored the March 15th rally in front of Sen. Nelson’s office which had nearly 100 people in attendance – at very short notice and have not as of yet contacted me about this event.
    I agree with you: our government is out of step with the people. There is a silent majority. Hopefully people are realizing that they can no longer be silent, and hopefully our voices will be heard.
    Blessings to you in Oklahoma.

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