Omaha, NE—Not that many months ago—eight to be exact—Don Bacon was running a two-pronged campaign for Congress.
Yes, he was running against then-incumbent Congressman Brad Ashford, but it often appeared that Bacon was running against another Democrat, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
In their final debate, Bacon—who went on to win by just over a point— linked Ashford to Pelosi some half a dozen times.
Last week in Georgia it appeared Pelosi was on the ballot again.
Republican Congressional Candidate Karen Handel defeating Democrat Jon Osoff with Team Handel linking Osoff to Pelosi time and time again.
“Republicans sure don’t want Nancy Pelosi’s guy coming in to try and buy this seat,” Handel told Fox News on Election Day.
And according to a Washington Post report citing a June 27 memo from the GOP’s Congressional Leadership Fund, Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District where Democrats hope to make Bacon a one-termer, Pelosi is beyond toxic with a 60 percent negative image—her worse showing out of 11 key races.
Asked by News Channel Nebraska if Pelosi was a “drag” on the party, Jane Kleeb, Chairperson of the Nebraska Democratic Party, defended Pelosi: “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,” said Kleeb.
But don’t tell that to Republicans like GOP commentator and analyst Bill Kristol who recently tweeted, “Single most effective thing Democrats could do to help their chances in 2018? Nancy Pelosi announces she’s retiring.”
So expect Pelosi to be front and center in next year’s Omaha House race and at least one Democrat is just fine with that: “Rep. Pelosi is a role model for women and I won’t let any Republican mail piece or negative ad bully us into saying otherwise,” says Kleeb.
Joe can be heard Tuesday’s at 7:10 a.m. on KLIN radio with Jack Mitchell.