TTAG reader DA writes:
You ran a post in March on the Omaha, NE mayor’s bid to ban “assault” weapons here. Well, the Omaha mayoral election was this past Tuesday, and I’m happy to report that Mayor Jim Suttle, the anti-gun Democrat, was soundly SPANKED by City Councilwoman Jean Stothert [above], a conservative Republican. She will be Omaha’s first woman mayor when she takes office on 10 June. In truth, the gun control (and assault weapons) issue was never really an issue during this election. However, Suttle made it an issue when he inexplicably ran ads that emphasized the subject very early in the campaign . . .
This was seen by many people as indicative of his tone deafness on the issues, as banning assault weapons, and gun control in general, just has not been a “top of mind” issue in Omaha. Why the Mayor chose to raise the issue so prominently in his campaign mystified many people, but also helped solidify the perception that he’s clueless and out of touch… which he is.
Stothert won the election the old-fashioned way: she earned it. She ran a flawless campaign, and flat out-worked her opponent on the ground. She had the widest voter appeal, she ran against the public employee unions and their long-standing exploitation of taxpayers, and she took full advantage of the many hapless political stumbles Suttle had made during his first term. In short, she flat kicked his ass.
The happy result: A friend to law-abiding gun owners will be in the Omaha mayor’s office for at least the next four years.