Harold Reutter of the Grand Island Independent reports that Jon Bruning will announce in June “whether” he will run for the U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by Chuck Hagel. (Bruning to announce political plans in June – GII- 5/24/07.)
(In other breaking news, the sunrise in GI tomorrow will be at 6:08 AM.)
Nonetheless, a couple of interesting quotes from Bruning at the Hall County Republican dinner in the story:
“Nebraskans want somebody else to represent them in the Senate,” Bruning said.
He said he talked to people in Grand Island on Wednesday afternoon. He said he did not have one person profess support for Sen. Hagel. Bruning said he had spent only a few brief hours in Grand Island. But during that time, he said, “I’ve picked up several offers of (campaign) support and several thousand dollars in (financial) commitments.”
What should be interesting is whether Bruning announces his fundraising results at the end of the quarter (June, or into July). Since he is still in “testing the waters” mode, he is not obligated to report the results. Whether he does or not will be a significant indicator of his support. It will show whether donors are really behind him or want to wait for Hagel or Daub, Raimondo or Johanns. (And after he formally announces, “testing the waters’ phase will be over, and in the next period he’ll have to report all the money he has raised.)
Assume that if he does not release the info that his numbers are not where he wants them to be. Remember, no candidate releases bad polling numbers — the same will be true for Bruning’s war chest.