Two Republicans mentioned as possible candidates next year are former mayors — Hal Daub and P.J. Morgan.
Kelly then goes on to get comments from Morgan regarding the Mayoral recall drive, with Morgan saying:
“I absolutely think it’s the wrong thing to do. It’s not something Omaha needs as part of our image.”
Very popular at the time, Morgan’s name was commonly thrown around as a possibility for the Senate seat that Chuck Hagel eventually won. The landscape would be much different today had the better-known Morgan won that 1996 race.
Should Morgan, now back into his commercial real estate biz, and Daub get in, there would be two 800 pound gorillas in a race that has interested the likes of Councilmen Jim Vokal, Gary Gernandt and Jim Suttle. Of course, should Fahey decide to run again, that would change the complexity of the race dramatically as well.
Oh and by the way, Daub also stated:
“I strongly oppose the recall. I have nothing to do with that.”
When the two leading Dem Senate candidates appeared in Grand Island over the weekend, they were, of course, asked about the leading issue of the day, Iraq. Raimondo responded by stating that he believes troops should come out within one to three years – max.
“We do have to withdraw. But I don’t think it’s my job to put an actual timetable on it.”
Apparently Scott believe the job in the Senate involves selling shoes.
So I guess we’ll just mark Kleeb down as being in favor of John McCain’s 100 year plan.
[And an important editorial note from Leavenworth Street:
We here on Leavenworth Street believe that Tony Raimondo would be the much stronger general election opponent against Mike Johanns.
Sure Tony doesn’t have Scott’s tight jeans and giant belt buckles, but he is going to be a much more attractive candidate to the majority of Republican and Independent Nebraskans. He’ll sell himself as a Ben Nelson type and, should he raise enough money to send his message, could pose a real challenge to Joahnns.
But don’t bother telling this to Nebraska Obamainiacs. They’re still gazing glowingly at Scotty…]
Chuck Hagel on Jon Stewart’s Daily Show tonight. Word has it that Chuck Hagel wrote a book, or something…
Oh, and Chuck also thinks Obama would “bring people together” better than any of the other candidates. But Chuck’s not going to endorse anyone right now. Oh no, he’s not going to do that.