Exclusive: Email Injects Race into Dem’s Race for Governor

Fundraising is slow...Money is not more powerful than your vote

- Vanessa Ward

Omaha, NE.—News Channel Nebraska has learned that bad blood continues to flow in the governor’s race between two of North Omaha’s key black organizers—a fight that is hitting others as well.

And it comes just days before several North Omahans launch a push for record voter turnout in the May 15th primary and Election Day in November.

In an email obtained by News Channel Nebraska, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Vanessa Ward is accusing her former campaign manager Preston Love of selling out to “WHITE PEOPLE”,  backing State Sen. Bob Krist’s campaign for governor and bowing to Democratic Party Chair Jane Kleeb.

Ward’s email reads in part:

Preston Love it’s time out for you playing SELF-SERVING POLITICS…You continue to slither from one campaign to another in order to gain favor for your own political aspirations at the expense of the common folk. As long as the “WHITE PEOPLE” are making lying promises to pay you more money, more money, you were all on board as my co-chair….Then when those same “WHITE PEOPLE” realized that I couldn’t be bought or controlled, they threw me under the bus and so did you…..All the while you are up to your neck in support of Jane Kleeb and her posse to discriminate, pick favorites, and to hold the Democratic Party prisoner.—Vanessa Ward

Preston Love    Vanessa Ward

Kleeb would not comment on Ward’s email, but Love fired back telling News Channel Nebraska:

I am disappointed with Vanessa who has been my friend for years. Her lack of experience in politics has not prepared her for hard political decisions we make.
She is so wrong about all her personal attacks…She has forgotten my commitments to my community, tireless and no money. Her money attack is laughable. I didn’t throw her under the bus….After I stepped away I continued to assist her in many ways.—Preston Love

Ward’s email comes nearly three months after Love advised Ward to pull out of the race because she was unable to raise money.

Bob Krist

Contacted this week by NCN, Ward said “fundraising is slow” but added “money is not more powerful than your vote.”

The state’s first financial campaign reports for the primary are due next week.

Just days before Ward officially launched her campaign in January—and before Krist joined the Democratic Party and entered the governor’s race— NCN reported several items rocking Ward’s bid for the governor’s mansion:

  • Her 2012 opposition to a City of Omaha ordinance that bans job discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. NCN learned that several party members, especially those in the LGBT community, were “deeply” bothered by Ward’s stance on the issue. Ward not only opposed the ordinance—which passed the council and was signed by then-Mayor Jim Suttle—she spoke against it during the council’s public hearing.
  • News Channel Nebraska found that Ward, who joined the Democratic Party in December, did little in recent years to help the party. She not only voted for Republican Mayor Jean Stothert in 2017, Ward did a commercial touting Stothert’s reelection over Democrat Heath Mello.
  • Ward failed to vote in several key state and federal elections, including the 2010 and 2014 governor’s races as well as the Obama wins in 2008 and 2012.

While answering several questions from NCN about the email Ward insisted she is not out to “divide but to reveal.”

This Saturday North Omaha will be the scene of a political convention, that according to organizers, is new to the area and designed to “break records for turnout in this May primary and in the November mid-term election. Now is our time to Register, Educate, and Mobilize our people.”

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