Nebraska Lieutenant Governor Rick Sheehy of Hastings announced today that he will seek the Governor’s office for the 2014 race, and will file paperwork to do so early next month.
Yow. Is that early enough for everyone?
Governor Dave Heineman will be term limited at the end of his current term. Sheehy laid down his semi-sneak announcement on KNEB in Scottsbluff.
No word here on who else could be interested, but frankly, there is time, right?
Nebraska Republican Party Executive Director Jordan McGrain also reports that Sheehy’s early entry into the race may also be for practical reasons:
“(His) announcement is practical for fundraising reasons. If he hadn’t declared his candidacy, money raised would go to Heineman Committee instead. Because the Lieutenant Governor position is not independently elected, Sheehy has to form his own committee to raise money for a gubernatorial run.”
(Thank you Jordan for letting us rip off from your Twitter feed.)
Sheehy also told the AP:
“I’ve served six and a half years as lieutenant governor, and I’ve enjoyed the experience. For me, it just seems like a logical step to run for governor.”