Colorado Governor Bill Ritter announced he will not run for re-election.
Word has it that the White House has blessed a decision by Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar to head back to Colorado to run for the office.
Sooooooooo….that would leave the Interior Department empty….
Who to fill it…who to fill it…
An embattled Senator who may have a tough time in a few years? One who organized a visit to Nebraska by the Interior Secretary last year?
OK we’ll say it: We’ve heard that Ben Nelson’s name has been bandied around for this spot.
Now, a few problems with this:
1) Dave Heineman would then get to pick his replacement, thus losing the Dem’s edge for a filibuster proof majority. That’s a big one.
But, maybe that’s the price for Nelson’s vote on Health Care?
Could be too expensive for such a vote…maybe.
2) Would Nelson really want that gig? Probably less time at the turkey farm. Pretty much zero time in the limelight ever again.
But a cushy job, if he’d really be interested.
We doubt it.
But, you know, we always encourage more info out there than less!
Of course there are a zillion related Nelson stories, but the biggie lately (and linked by Drudge) is the Fremont Tribune story where Nelson dropped the…
“I think it was a mistake to take health care on as opposed to continuing to spend the time on the economy.”
Of course there is still time for Nelson to kill the bill then, no? That fence Nelson lives on top of must have a jacuzzi and a bowling alley for it to be that comfortable.
But the true whopper from the story is this one:
Nelson said the “Cornhusker Kickback” — $100 million that was included in the Senate bill to help Nebraska cover Medicaid expenses — was not intended to be a special perk for Nebraska, but rather a vehicle by which individual states could choose to opt out of federal funds for Medicaid in the future.
No wait, the REEEAL whopper was this one:
“I’d have to say that nine out of ten people that come up to me thank me.”
Guessing that Nelson was referring to his Christmas dinner, and the tenth who said nothing was an Uncle snoozing on the couch…