No, not Mike Fahey or Scott Kleeb.
We’re talking about the Green Party candidate, Steve Larrick. The Green’s press release says that Larrick, who ran for the 1st District House seat in 2004 and for State Auditor in 2006 and got about 3% of the vote each time, says that he will announce on Sunday at the State Capitol in Lincoln.
So beyond our fear of seeing Larrick’s welcome video in an office next to a plant, what is the point of this announcement?
Well, we first give a Tip of the Lid to our comrades at the New Nebraska Network, official un-official blog of the Nebraska Democrat Party for noticing this story in the LJS. But we see this next line from them:
Larrick doing any better than that in the Senate campaign is probably dependent upon the total failure of Nebraska Democrats to recruit a legitimate candidate. If that’s not reason enough to root against Larrick, I don’t know what is….though he’d be perfectly welcome to run in the Democratic primary. (Emphasis added.)
We had to chuckle when 2006 Democrat 2nd District House candidate Jim Esch concluded his statement about not running next year by conceding the 2008 race to Terry saying that in 2010 “you really could have a meaningful race.” Add to that Dem Chairman Steve Achepohl’s conversation with Joe Jordan where he says that while he hopes to find an opponent for Terry, “I’m not God.”
Congratulations on your victory, Lee – you know, unless St. Peter comes to run against you.
So the Dems don’t have a candidate for the 1st District, no one in the 2nd District (though State Senator Tom White apparently likes having his name thrown around), a one-time loser who wants to roll the dice to become a two-time loser in the 3rd, no one for the Senate and they’re now trying to recruit a Green Partier who received a total of 6% of the vote in the last two elections combined.
Someone check to see how many offices Kate Witek could run for at the same time…
Mike Johanns will be holding a fundraiser in Washington, D.C. on Thursday night, and the host list is a veritable who’s-who of the Senate Republican leadership: McConnell, Lott, Alexander, Cochran, Grassley, Hutchison, Stevens – among the fourteen Senators listed on the event. Of course the host-with-the-most will be Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel, who is pushing hard for Johanns – and against Jon Bruning – these days.
Figuring that Bruning will end the next quarter with over a millions bucks in the bank, Johanns will need to concentrate his efforts on fund raising. One needs only to look at his bare-bones website to know that they will be conserving cash in order to not allow Bruning to get a competitive edge cash-wise.
Could Bruning compete with Johanns in paid media? Maybe.
Will he have a message that could challenge the GOP establishment-backed Johanns Juggernaut ©?
We will wait and see…