In an unexpected move Mike Meister, the Democratic candidate for Governor, has named Anne Boyle, who is seen by many as the longtime leading lady of the state Democratic Party, to be his running mate.
Mrs. Boyle wasted no time Monday attacking Governor Dave Heineman (R) accusing Heineman of abusing the power of his office. Last week the Governor sent a letter to educators in the state noting they should support the repeal of the federal health care law or he will apparently assume they support cuts to funding education. “Bully politics, blackmail politics, has no room in the office of Governor of this state or anywhere else in the country,” said Anne Boyle.
Heineman has not been immediately available for comment.
Asked by Nebraska Watchdog if she’s concerned her well known name will shove Meister into the background Anne Boyle said, “In Omaha I’m well known, in Scottsbluff (where Meister is from) I’m not.” She also said, “I think this ticket will draw interest.”
Earlier this summer Mrs. Boyle led a move to push Mark Lakers, the Democratic Party’s initial candidate for governor, out of the race. Lakers was accused of faking donor names and pledges on his campaign finance report. When Lakers got out of the race, Meister got in.
Meister has admitted he’s in a tough fight and has often noted that Heineman-who beat Nebraska football legend Tom Osborne in the 2006 GOP Primary-is a popular Governor. But Monday, Meister had clearly changed his mind. “I don’t think (Heineman’s) as popular as he thinks he is,” said Meister.
Anne Boyle holds state office as a member of the Nebraska Public Service Commission and is a former chairperson of the Nebraska Democratic Party. Her husband is Mike Boyle, a Douglas County Commissioner and former Mayor of Omaha who was recalled from office in 1987.
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Reported by Joe Jordan, firstname.lastname@example.org