It’s been a while since I’ve popped my head in here.
My schedule seems to have accelerated exponentially in the last few weeks—even since the March 3 filing deadline here in the state.
The race is set, and there are two people in the “officially” non-partisan race. One of us (me) is a Republican; the other is a registered Democrat.
Here in Nebraska, for legislative races, it’s hard to know what to make of partisanship. Nebraska is generally a Republican state, and even my district is generally Republican. But so-called conservative Democrats get elected from time to time (and then give us things like Sen. Ben Nelson’s gift of Obamacare via the Cornhusker Kickback…), so it’s hard to know how to play the game.
The good news is that we’ll both move on from the Primary—regardless of how it turns out; the bad news is that the favorite coming out of the Primary typically has the best luck wit General Election fundraising, so the pressure is on to “win” (or at least keep very close) the primary—for both of us…
I’m trying to run a largely “populist” campaign—I haven’t hired consultants, and so far haven’t hired any campaign staff (I just think that’s a questionable use of funds in a campaign for the legislature—how much is a person willing to raise and spend for a “job” that pays $12,000 a year?). Chances are that on the low end, we’ll end up spending four times the annual pay of a state legislator, anyway, but more than that seems to imply that the position is more than a “citizen legislator” position. I suspect, though, that my opponent will spend more (he’s got paid consultants hired, so he’ll at least be spending on them…). But of course I’m blessed with a lot of great liberty volunteers, so our costs (at least so far) have been primarily in the purchase of yard signs, mailings, door hangers, and the like. It’s going to get tight before the primary, I suspect, as we come up with NEW things that need to be done or bought…but we’ll muddle through, I’m sure.
Finally, I’d commend this video to your watching. Rand Paul’s speech to CPAC today.