Mark Lakers quit.
Joe Jordan says Nebraska Regent Chuck Hassebrook isn’t going to run.
Anne Boyle said on KFAB this morning that her husband, Douglas County Commissioner Mike Boyle, isn’t going to run. (Say, who wears the pants around there, Mike?)
Those were the main suspects to take on Governor Dave Heineman in November.
So who’s up now?
The first name we have heard is Omaha lawyer Dave Domina.
Domina has a brief history as a Gubernatorial candidate.
He ran for Governor back in 1986, as a 35 year old lawyer out of Norfolk.
He ended up coming in second in the Democrat primary to former Lincoln Mayor Helen Boosalis 44% – 26% (Boosalis eventually lost to Kay Orr in the first Gubernatorial race in teh nation to feature two women.)
Since then? Domina has racked up a quite a few miles as a plaintiff and criminal defense attorney.
But other than those legal beagles wandering the Douglas County courthouse, does anyone know or remember his name? (We’ll give you a hint. “No”.)
Now maybe this is Domina’s plan to position himself for a better run in 2014. But note that he’d be 63 then. Maybe not too old, but not exactly a new and exciting young Democrat either.
So who else could take on Heineman this year?
Well, we have heard that DiAnna Schimek is the current choice of the Nebraska Democrat Party folks.
And after Anne Boyle took her husband out of the running, she mentioned
Jim John Cavanaugh. Everyone sounded like he wouldn’t do it.
Oh, and if none of them will step up, then we suggest that the Dems choose Anne Boyle, whether she wants the nomination or not.
You want to point to someone who got them in this mess, direct your finger at Anne Boyle.
Sure Lakers screwed up, but it was Anne Boyle who really threw him under the bus. Lakers could have skated along, straightened out the donor thing (in theory), and could at least have been A candidate. You would think he would have been better than nothing.
But that ship has sailed, thanks to Boyle (and to a lesser extent Hassebrook). So if no one else steps up, we nominate Anne Boyle. And she can see what it’s like to get dumped on statewide.