The Republican Liberty Caucus very public struggle for power with the Nebraska Republican Party at the State Convention is now a distant memory as the convention was lackluster for the fireworks-starved media. The Omaha World Herald article about the Republican State Convention build-up held in Grand Island last July can be read here. Only 2 of the 35 Nebraska delegates to the Republican National Convention were Republican Liberty Caucus members who intended to cast their vote for their candidate Ron Paul. The Nebraska GOP, and particularly the Governor, was saved any embarrassment and life went on.
Let’s now fast forward to tomorrow and the election for the next Chairman of the Sarpy County Republican Party. Elections have consequences and The Republican Liberty Caucus picked up the majority of seats on the Douglas and Sarpy County Central Committees. Central Committee Members are the governing body of the county parties and are the only individuals who can vote to elect their new County Chairman/Chairwoman.
Like it or not, the Republican Liberty Caucus is a political force that the Nebraska Republican Party will need to work with. In Sarpy, the Republican Liberty Caucus and its members are supporting Levi Lippincott. At 27 years of age, Levi would be the youngest Chairman in a very long time. Lippincott is well liked within the Sarpy County GOP and would be able to bridge some of the ideological gap between long time party stalwarts and the droves of new, young members of the Sarpy and Douglas County Central Committees. Levi was instrumental in getting Sarpy County to endorse Nebraska Legislative Candidate Bill Kintner, also the Governor’s choice, over the Republican incumbent Paul Lambert. Not endorsing or acknowledging a Republican incumbent even on your slate cards is unprecedented. Levi and the Republican Liberty Caucus also worked hard to elect the Governor endorsed candidate, Richard Carter, in Bellevue.
It was thought that the wife of very popular State Senator Scott Price, Jacqueline Price, would throw her hat in the ring but that did not occur. David Klug and Chris Moore mulled over running against Mr. Lippincott but later pulled out. The only other announced candidate is Tea Party activist Jerry C. Anderson. Jerry founded the Nebraska Tea Party arm of the 9/12 Project, and is a U.S. Veteran. Jerry is running because he feels that he has a good relationship with the Governor and a plan for the county party.
Political Insiders Report Editorial Staff feels that Lippincott will connect much better with the many Libertarian leaning new Sarpy County Central Committee Members. Barring a miracle, based on the numbers we have seen, Anderson could be a sacrificial lamb in this Chairmanship election.