At 9:30 AM (CST) today, Hal Daub will make his re-stab at the Omaha Mayor’s office official.
Daub has an office open at 114th and Center, a campaign manager, Brinker Harding (Tower Kountze is deputy manager) and, frankly, has been going full-bore for a while now.
He has been able to keep his name in the papers while serving as John McCain’s Nebraska chairman, following up from his involvement on the MECA board.
Is he the odds-on favorite at this point? We would have to say yes. Mainly because of his early decision, name ID and likely early fund-raising.
But once he has a full-fledged opponent or two, the race will tighten quickly.
Councilman Jim Suttle is only waiting to formally announce. In the OWH, he said he has raised $180K.
Jim Vokal has yet to “decide” though his buddies started the “Run Jimmy Run” campaign, for that grass-roots groundswell. He also says he will be “prepared.”
So who else is in?
We haven’t heard from Dan Welch, but we have a feeling that with all the other aforementioned in, his name may get crowded out.
Scott Hazelrigg? We have heard that he is out, but then we haven’t really had it confirmed. Anything is possible.
The fact of the matter is there are many in the community who are looking for a strong opponent for Hal Daub. Will they land on Suttle or Vokal? Or are they waiting for someone else?
Things will shake out…soon. This will become a money game.
Who else will ante up?
The news that Barack Obama took Nebraska’s 2nd District Electoral Vote excited his supporters, and they should be commended.
Who shouldn’t be as head-over-heels are the real local Democrats. The ones that vote in every election.
The cult of personality that eventually surrounded Obama is great for electing Barack Obama. But the lack of coattails shows that his supporters will likely only go so far.
They weren’t interested in putting Jim Esch over the top. Apparently many had not even heard of Scott Kleeb.
If Obama’s name isn’t on the ballot (and he isn’t bombarding the local airwaves), and George W. Bush’s face isn’t around, expect the 2010 turnouts to be shockingly lower for the Dems.
The Chuck Hagel sweepstakes are playing one final round. Much talk lately about him in an Obama cabinet post.
But Joe Morton of the OWH caught our attention with this line:
“In the end, the smart money might be that Hagel lends some advice to the new Democratic president but doesn’t land a chair at the Cabinet table.”
Joe, you had us at “smart money”. But we also enjoy the Ben Nelson angle.
Nelson has publicly said that Hagel would be a swell Secretary of Something or Other.
But remember that Nelson was an early backer of Obama in Nebraska — back when Hillary was a foregone conclusion for the nomination.
So if there is any payback for Nelson, not to mention keeping him happy as the leading conservative Democrat, expect Hagel to get black-balled.
And that ball will likely have an “EBN” on it.