Douglas County Commissioner and former Omaha Mayor Mike Boyle announced that he will not be running for Nebraska Governor in 2010...on Facebook:
After a family meeting, I have decided a run for Governor is not in the best interest of my family. Anne and I have sixteen grandchildren – 13 in Omaha. I can’t put them through a campaign that will undoubtedly sink to the lowest level. The stakes are too high for Dave. My family comes first. I appreciate all the support you have given to me. It is gratifying. Thank you, Mike Boyle
It’s cute that Boyle, who has been a political animal his entire life, implies that Dave Heineman would bring the campaign to a low level — and cites the children (oh, the children!).
Here’s something Boyle knows:
The stakes are ALWAYS high when you run for statewide office. It’s the big time. For whomever is running.
The fact that Boyle doesn’t want to commit to the race is fine. But better he just say that he and his family don’t have the heart, and leave it at that.
What Boyle’s grandchildren have to do with anything, we don’t know. To suggest that Governor Heineman would somehow pull them into a campaign is frankly beyond the pale for even Boyle.
While Heineman hasn’t done a thing, Boyle is already taking shots at him as he cowers away.
Thanks Mike. We hardly knew ye.