The Anti-Solution

By: Mr. Wilson on January 29, 2008
You've got to love Senator Phil Erdman's attitude toward finding a solution to the State Fair / UNL Research Park problem. He has said that if UNL and the Fair Board don't come up with something by February 26, he will pursue a solution that "may not be to anyone's benefit". Translation: if other people can't solve the problem for themselves, then Sen. Erdman will come to the rescue with a complete anti-solution that's sure to tick off everybody. Is that the legislative equivalent of turning the car around if the kids in the back seat don't quit arguing?


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January 29, 2008 at 8:57PM

Or in other words…cut off your nose to spite your face.

January 29, 2008 at 9:31PM

is we get rid of Phil Erdman too. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a state senator so vocally and ambitiously dumb down the debate whenever a remotely complex issue comes up.

He’s also fond of shooting down political opponents by accusing them of auditioning for higher office. “Don’t listen to Tom White - he’s probably just running for congress!”

January 30, 2008 at 12:20AM

True enough. I’m not sure what the point of pursuing a solution that is “not to anyone’s benefit” would be.

Dave K
January 30, 2008 at 2:45PM

Hahahaha ... if this was Ernie Chambers we’d be talking about how much of a genius he is.  We’d be talking about how dedicated he is to making a difference.  Also, no one plays the ‘auditioning for higher office’ card quite like Bruninghaters.

January 30, 2008 at 3:05PM

Erdman’s Feb. 26 deadline to come up with an idea is a little scary.

<blockquote>But it is important to resolve the State Fair location issue soon, he said, because it

January 30, 2008 at 3:31PM

I emailed Phil Erdman to give him a chance to clarify his comment. He gave me a very polite and professional reply this morning.

Here’s a quote since I doubt he would mind if I shared, “What I have said and may not have said as clearly or that may not have been reported as clearly is that a solution that the Legislature may be forced to provide may not be in everyone’s interest as a negotiated solution may be.”

Kudos to responsive public servants, regardless of their political affiliation.

January 30, 2008 at 3:54PM

Way to go Gene! Nice to have it straight from the source. I agree with Sen. Erdman, the negotiated solution could likely be more appealing than whatever medicine the Legislature may come up with.

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