You may have caught the story yesterday that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said he wants to run for Mayor of Chicago — if current Mayor Richard Daley should decide not to run in 2011.
That takes us a few months back when we originally heard this rumor about Emanuel — and that Chuck Hagel was asked by the White House to be Rahm’s successor.
Unclear, should this whole scenario play out, whether Hagel would be up to the task. Or whether he has already turned them down.
In any case, watch for his name if Rahm heads back to Chi-town.
No Dems running for Nebraska State Auditor?
Here is the funny thing (we think anyway) about this race and several others across Nebraska. When there is an open seat for an office, you generally get a number of people to run. But when it’s a seat, such as Congress, held by an incumbent, it’s usually a little more reserved, or often unopposed.
So look at the Democrats running to challenge 1st District Congressman Jeff Fortenberry. FOUR (count ’em, four!) Democrats are vying for that nomination. Now after that battle royal, one will be left in the ring to be pinned by Fort (coming off the top rope).
So our thought is, why didn’t one of them, who would figure they’d lose anyway, try running for say, State Auditor? It’s not like the job is Attorney General, where it’s pretty specialized. In theory anyone could do the Auditor job.
If you’re going to take the time to run for office, why not try one where your odds of winning are a little higher? If Foley gets busted for running an illegal iguana-fighting ring, then boom! You’re the new Auditor (probably).
We’re getting word that Jane Fleming Kleeb is inching ever closer to Chairing the Democratic Party in Nebraska. She may have support from the highest pinnacle of Nebraska Democrats, which would allow her to replace current Chair Vic Covalt (and maybe even add Exec. Dir. to the title as well?).
Of course the winds can change quickly in party politics, but it would take someone else to step up to the challenge right?
If there is something else you’re dying to comment about today, dive right in. Note that we’re going to wait until next week to hit the State Treasurer’s race. But feel free to give your thoughts on that, if you’d like.