Thursday, October 19, 2006

More Scott Kleeb

The Associated Press has discovered Scott Kleeb. [Hat tip to Daily Kos] This October 19, 2006 article in the Washington Post follows two postings on Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish (here and here). I also had a posting on this site after discovering information about Mr. Kleeb on one of my Required Reading blogs.

It seems that this Democratic congressional candidate may just have a chance to win in a predominately Republican state. The A.P. article states:

“In another year, the open seat would be a gimme for the Republicans, but Kleeb has turned heads _ even conservative ones. The great-great-grandson of an 1870s homesteader near Broken Bow, Neb., Kleeb is appealing to the district's rural voters, many of whom are part of Nebraska's $6 billion beef industry.

One television ad shows Kleeb at work on the McGinn Ranch in Nebraska's storied Sandhills region: "This is pioneer country. You don't punch cows and not put in a full day's work," the narrator says. "And that's what he does. His word is his bond. That's cattle talk, but that's the way it is. His word is his bond."

Kleeb says his years as a rancher counts with voters.”

As far as financing Scott Kleebs campaign – every little bit helps.

“Neither candidate has received much financial help from their respective parties. The Nebraska Democratic Party has given Kleeb $10,000 plus paid for $28,000 in ads. Smith has received just $5,000 each from the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Heading into the last month of the campaign, Smith had $319,000 on hand and Kleeb had $255,000.

If the Democrat wins, it would be one for the history books. The last time a Democrat held the House seat was 1961.”

Wouldn’t it be great to see another real down-to-earth Democratic voice in Congress?

Please consider donating to Scott’s campaign at his website.

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