This morning the LJS’s Don Walton facilitated Ben Nelson’s hit on Jon Bruning over earmarks, who makes them and who gets them.
Interesting stuff, and feel free to argue about that issue.
But the real kicker came in the bottom half of the article where former state GOP chair, and 2006 GOP Senate primary candidate, Dave Kramer took shots at Bruning, Don Stenberg and (poor) Pat Flynn.
Kramer, once again, stated that:
“…there’s a significant component of people in the state who believe there might be a better option.”
Kramer wouldn’t be saying this if he didn’t have SOMEONE in mind for the gig. We are guessing that Kramer isn’t speaking of himself (though it’s possible, in theory).
And he wouldn’t be taking shots at Bruning’s positions against Nelson — defending Nelson — if he didn’t have someone else in mind.
So who is he backing? Who is the mystery candidate?
Mike Foley? Or Fortenberry?(more on him below)
Deb Fischer (more on her below)?
Mystery candidate #4?
Whomever it is, Kramer is setting the stage, and we are guaranteed a GOP primary BATTLE.
Probably just what Nelson wants, but then again, we need these sorts of elections. It’s like Clemenza said in The Godfather,
That’s all right. These things gotta happen every five years or so, ten years. Helps to get rid of the bad blood.
Except of course that they tend to make for bitter politicos. But, ah whatcha gonna do? It’s democracy.
And just to add on, The Hill had a list of GOPers who voted against the Tax Bill, who may or may not be interested in higher office in 2012.
This time it was Jeff Fortenberry listed. The Hill said,
“…Fortenberry has shown little public interest so far in challenging Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.).”
We always read these things with a bit of interest, because the author is usually basing their statements on…something.
In this case, again, it’s our belief that Fortenberry isn’t interested unless Nelson drops out of the race.
And then the OWH followed up on our post (snark) about Kay Orr . Interestingly they also noted that Rex Fisher says he is NOT running (something we had mentioned). And they also listed Bob Bennie of Lincoln as out (we never heard he was in).
The next name who is potentially interesting is state Senator Deb Fischer of Valentine, who we have discussed here and there.
When her name first came up, she seemed like such a random long-shot that we gave her sort of short shrift. But as all the other names keep popping up…and then back down…Fischer has the potential to interest some people. (We would note that NRL’s Julie Schmidt-Albin quickly came to her defense on our first post. She would have some immediate organizing ability.)
But again, a lot of this depends on whether or not Nelson stays in the race. If he is in, someone like Senator Fischer could make a three or four person race VERY interesting.
Where if Nelson gets out, then there may be two or three other heavy-weights that give it a whirl, and she could have a harder time of it.
Oh, and there’s the State Auditor Mike Foley aspect as well, which would throw in an extra monkey-wrench.
Loads of excitement, kiddos.
And then Joe Jordan posted on his blog that Dave Nabity had been vocal about running for Mayor to the Recall Committee peeps, a while back.
We heard this a while ago as well, but don’t think it is that big of a deal.
So Nabity wants to run for Mayor? That’s shocking? Again, are we to think that the MSRC is just a altruistic bunch who are willing to have “Anyone But Suttle”? Come on.
Now maybe it was a bad idea, politically, for Nabity to say it out loud. But otherwise, let’s stop pretending that no one is, or should be, thinking about it.
And who might they be? Hal Daub? Dan Welch? Pete Festersen? Brad Ashford?
Once Judge Bataillon gives his decision, the floodgates may well open.
Have your raft ready.