I met Chip when he came to Omaha to try to get a feel of the landscape of politics here. Chip and I immediately hit it off, he was such an easy guy to talk with. He had met with two of the politicos in the area, and was less than impressed until he talked with me.
The both of us traveled around the city and beyond, meeting with various people as we could get a hold of them. Chip went away, with promises to help when we needed it against those he had ‘ratfucked’ previously.
Football was another area where we hit it off, him with his #rolltide loyalty, and myself with my #huskers. We sent messages back and forth constantly during football season, and I became a small Bama fan because of his enthusiasm. (My Huskers are still #1)
Then, it was Game of Thrones. We spent hours on the phone, talking about Game of Thrones up until recently. He loved the books, and was afraid George RR Martin would pass on before finishing them. Unfortunately, it was Chip who passed so never learned how the story would end.
I recently contacted Chip about helping against the campaign of Jim Suttle, the progressive mayor of Omaha up for reelection. I had sent him information about how the anti-Keystone Pipeline forces were being funded through a Warren Buffet surrogate.
The last time I texted Chip was just Thursday. He was one of the people I messaged about my termination at work, thus finally freeing me up to get fully immersed into politics instead of having to couch everything I had done. I sent him a note saying I’d love to get into more writing, or if any conservative group he discovered needed IT work, I’m available. He told me he would look for me.
That was the last time I talked with Chip. Hearing about his passing has just devastated me. I may not have known him as well as some like Dana Loesch or Robert Stacy McCain, but he was still my good friend.
I am really going to miss him.