Nebraska Lieutenant Governor Rick Sheehy was featured in the New York Times last week in a story about the nation’s Lt. Governors.
Well kind of.
He was listed first anyway, and got the large photo, standing behind Governor Dave.
Sheehy’s chunk in the article was…
How does a lieutenant governor shake hands with the governor? He clasps firmly and extends two fingers up the governor’s sleeve to check for a pulse. “We teach that here,” said Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy of Nebraska, displaying the proper form. “I check the pulse of my governor every day. But my governor was a lieutenant governor, so he says stop.”
The story was about the country’s chief ribbon-cutters at the NLGA New Member – Executive Committee meeting that was held in Omaha — and that most, if not all, members strive to one day be Governors themselves.
And though 2014 is a waaays off, we always like to throw it open to see who will be interested in this gig.
We have a few ideas.
The Washington Post political blog, The Fix, listed those U.S. Senators most likely to not run for re-election in the 2012 election.
And coming in at number five…Ben Nelson!
Chris Cillizza notes,
“Nelson will be 71 on Election Day 2012 and, given what he’s up against, may decide to step aside.”
By the way, while Jon Bruning is gearing up, we still understand that the GOP lineup is far from closed. Don Stenberg is considered by many to be in, though we would note it isn’t clear who would run his camp.
We heard the name Rex Fisher thrown around as a candidate.
State Senator Deb Fischer of Valentine still may be interested, and may have some backing.
Then, of course, there is the only actual announced candidate , Pat Flynn.
And kids, there are some who believe that if there is a multi-multi-candidate primary, it may not be a cake-walk, or even favor, Jon Bruning.
Just what we hear.
And you will notice that, for the benefit of the non-Omahans, we are burying the Mayor Suttle Recall news at the bottom of this post! (Don’t say we never do anything for you.)
So the Mayor was on with KFAB’s Scott Voorhees this morning, and had a few interesting tidbits:
1) After Voorhees plead with the Mayor to have Vince Powers or the Forward Omaha folks return his calls, Suttle promised he would ask them to do so — but only to Voorhees and not “some of his colleagues”.
You will remember that KFAB’s Tom Becka, Gary Sadlemyer and Jim Rose all reportedly signed the petition to recall the Mayor.
So in other words, No Scoops for You!
2) And FWIW, the Mayor twice wished Voorhees “Merry Christmas” — right smack in the middle of Hanukkah.
3) And we will let others argue out whether the deposition statements of the circulator meant that he was being paid “by the signature”.
But we would only point out that it is purely plausible that the circulator was told that he needed to step up getting more signatures or he wouldn’t be hired-back for the next round. Now if that is illegal — and we don’t think it is — then maybe they have a case. To an extent.
But we continually hear Vince Powers saying that it how clear it is that absolutely there is definitely fraud without a doubt, positively.
Overselling much there Vince?
Only two more weeks of this uncertainty!