In a shocking piece of news, a local Democrat has decided to run for a statewide office in Nebraska.
Former Douglas County Democrat executive director Kris Pierce has decided he will challenge John Gale for the office of Secretary of State.
Of course the funny part of all of this is that Pierce is so un-liked in his party, it's not clear what his affiliation really means, other than that he's unlikely to beat Gale.
Kris Pierce was the executive director of the Douglas County Dems in 2008 when Barak Obama gunning for the second district's Electoral Vote was all the rage.
Pierce notoriously attended the Obama victory party in Omaha on Election night. Before event organizers were aware or could announce, Pierce reportedly took the mic (after a few too many Shirley Temples, perhaps?) and declared that Obama had won the 2nd.
From there, things apparently got U-G-L-Y. Organizers were unhappy that Pierce stole their thunder, and Pierce then refused to leave the stage. He was eventually escorted from the premises by security. Stage-dancing was involved.
Thereafter he was replaced as county party chair.
Your Democrat candidate for Secretary of State, ladies and gentlemen!
(In hindsight, this doesn't look so bad. But apparently you had to be there. Note that it's not usually the sort of announcement that a lowly E.D. would make. We've heard that lots of Dems were pissed at Pierce.)
In any case, Pierce will be formally announcing his candidacy on October 22, October 25 and November 2...all in Omaha. (Pssst! Kris! People in Lincoln and Gothenburg get to vote too!)
Not sure how Pierce will be handling his gig as a campaign consultant while running his own campaign. You may remember that Pierce ran the ill-fated campaign for Omaha city council candidate Walt Peffer. In that campaign they accused their opponent of being both a Republican tool and not being Republican enough.
More jocularity can likely be expected from Pierce statewide.
No word on whether he's keeping the goatee.