**UPDATE at 10am**
OK politicos, sorry to keep you waiting (though blogging ain’t our full-time gigs…).
Here is what we have for you:
You may have noted a week or so ago, that Nebraska GOP Chair Mark Falhleson had mentioned that there were certain rumblings that the Nebraska Republican Primary candidate field was not entirely full yet.
We and others have surmised for some time that, particularly if Ben Nelson decides not to run for re-election, the GOP field could expand. Names like Jeff Fortenberry and Lee Terry have been thrown around, as well as a few others that are known.
Fahleson mentioned that, “he keeps hearing rumors that another candidate will emerge from the Omaha business community.”
Our immediate thoughts went to Rex Fisher, the former president of Qwest in Omaha who is now at HDR. His name has been thrown around for quite awhile, and we understand that he is interested in pursuing the political realm at some level.
But not this Senate race.
So, that leaves us….who?
We went back to an old post we wrote about supporters of Chuck Hagel and Jon Bruning, back when Bruning was looking at taking on Hagel in 2008. We listed just about every big-name business supporter in the Omaha and Lincoln areas who have been involved at some levels.
But when we fished around we were informed that, said mysterious businessman is NOT in that post. And that’s a hefty list.
So the final info that we can pass along is…
There is an Omaha area business person who IS interested in getting into the Senate race.
Said person will NOT get in before Ben Nelson makes his decision, but Nelson’s decision probably will not matter to this person, one way or the other.
The person is very well-connected and very successful. The type of person who, while probably not self-funding a’la Pete Ricketts, can at least jump start a brand-spanking new campaign with some of their own cash.
And this person would probably be able to garner support immediately.
General enough? Well sorry, that is all we can give right now. (And don’t bother sending individual emails, because we will not be giving any additional info on this. And we will NOT be doing a “yes or no” game with suggested names.)
But let’s put it this way. This person COULD be a game changer in the Nebraska Senate race.
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Have a great weekend!