The LJS’s Don Walton pried the following out of state Senator Deb Fischer regarding her interest in the U.S. Senate race:
Question: “Do you want to do it?”
Now she didn’t go on to commit or anything, but that is a major step — and announcement — to make and take.
What about money?
“I’m not naive about that,” Fischer said. “It will take money. But I think, more importantly, people need to believe in a candidate in order for that candidate to win. I vote for people I believe in and who represent my values.”
And then Don Walton makes a very good point:
Name recognition and funding challenges would virtually disappear in a general election showdown with Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson. The GOP nominee will command enormous financial support and Fischer would emerge with strong name identity if she won a contested primary after months in the media spotlight.
So how far away is Fischer from a final decision? Looks like June-ish, after the current legislative session is over.
Folks, this is a pretty big deal for all those involved.
Who would be in her corner?
Kay Orr? For sure.
Speaker Mike Flood? Could well be.
Others? We dunno.
But there is a lot of potential there.
Oh, and guess what? Jon Bruning is not going to roll over and let Fischer have an easy time of it. Not by a long shot.
And Don Stenberg has gotta think that a Fischer candidacy would help him, by splitting Bruning’s votes. Then again, Bruning might figure the same thing. Of course, a lot of it won’t matter until Fischer can raise and spend some money for some name ID. And then a few polls get chucked around.
But the various pieces in the major papers don’t hurt.
Assuming Fischer gets in (and we are not quite there yet), we’ve got a humdinger cooking. (Which is delicious over rice.)
Anybody got anything to say?