Suttle vs Stothert "A New Ballgame"
CREATED Apr. 3, 2013
Omaha, NE - A day after the primary election, Mayor Jim Suttle calls the campaign a "whole new ball game".
Mayor Suttle finished second in the primary, behind City Council Member Jean Stothert. Stothert won 32% of the vote, Suttle followed with 24%. Businessman Dave Nabity, State Senator Brad Ashford and former City Council President Dan Welch trailed.
In an interview at his campaign headquarters Wednesday, Suttle said his administration has a long list of proven results, including getting the city budget out of a deficit, creating jobs and economic development. He calls his vision for Omaha progressive, compared to Stothert's regressive plan.
"Ask my opponent what she has accomplished," said Suttle. "She can't even fill up a half-page, she can't get to a quarter page. She has been the voice of no, I've been the voice of yes." The mayor changed his Facebook page Tuesday with a new profile message, "Getting Things Done".
The mayor says his immediate priority is to figure out why so many democrats did not vote on Tuesday and make sure they do in the general election next month.
Less than 24 hours after the polls closed, a television commercial from The Nebraska Leadership Forum started airing, criticizing Mayor Suttle for raising property taxes and creating the restaurant tax.
Mayor Suttle has seen the ad, but does not know who is behind The Nebraska Leadership Forum.
"The question is, who are they and why will they remain faceless, that's a lot of money coming in, but who are they and why are they saying what they're saying?" asked Suttle.
Mayor Suttle defends his record.
He plans to rally Thursday morning with supporters, including some people who supported Ashford and Welch in the primary.