I haven’t seen a Ted Cruz for Senate sign in a Lincoln front yard yet this election season.
But Beto O’Rourke?
Maybe you, too, have noticed a few campaign signs touting the Democratic challenger for Cruz’s seat scattered about town. Signs that have traveled all the way from Longhorn land to the 402.
I spotted my first Beto for Senate sign a few weeks ago while taking a shortcut east of the Country Club.
(It’s BE-tow, by the way, and it seems everyone refers to him by his first name, like a beloved old boss at a company reunion. Or Prince.)
The signs are black-and-white and anyone can buy one for $10 from O’Rourke’s campaign website, which means they can be planted in yards from Sacramento to Schenectady if you’re willing to pay the freight.
But the campaign doesn’t keep track of where the signs are shipped to, said the outfit that handles the Beto for Senate campaign store.
So who knows?
Thus far, the folks in town who have planted the signs aren’t willing to go on the record to say why they’re throwing their support behind a candidate they can’t also get behind with their vote.
Hoping a Texan or two happens by Any Side Street, U.S.A., and is swayed?
Thus far, unclear. Although one Beto sign holder in Lincoln — who wished to remain anonymous — did say a car jumped the curb and downed his sign earlier this month. (Unknown whether the incident was politically motivated or driver error.)
When I heard about the signs sprouting up during our own election season, my first suspect was the Lancaster County Democratic Party.
Nope, said Chair Janet Chung. She hasn’t seen one, doesn’t have one.
Over on the red side of the political line, her Republican counterpart didn’t know, either. (And, no, J.P. Sabby does not have a stash of Cruz signs waiting for takers at party headquarters.)
The upside of cruising in search of Beto has been to see the plethora of political signs in our fair city touting local races that matter. (Along with signs promoting Boy Scout popcorn and tree services, roof replacement and radio stations.)
Some neighborhoods are barren — nothing but bluegrass to spoil the street view. Others teem with political viewpoints jostling for attention.
It’s a cheering sight.
Because, if supporters of Rachel Garver, Matt Schulte, Deb Fischer, Jane Raybould, Bob Krist, Pete Ricketts and every other candidate, from public service commissioner to school board member, can peacefully share sidewalk space, there is hope for democracy.
And while Chung couldn’t comment on the O’Rourke campaign presence on the side streets of Lincoln, she did have a number of other yard signs to share.
“You are welcome to come and get one.”
Ditto, Sabby said.
Democratic headquarters: 830 L St.
The Republicans: 1610 N St.
Election day is Nov. 6.
Beto go out and vote.