The Rothenberg Report is …reporting… that Jeff Fortenberry has decided to run for the GOP nomination to the U.S. Senate.
Cong. Jeff Fortenberry (R) is actively considering a bid for the U.S. Senate in Nebraska and is likely to enter the race, according to multiple sources in the state and in Washington.
According to sources, Fortenberry is making calls and making staff changes in what looks like an effort to lay the groundwork for a Senate run.
According to GOP sources, there is always a chance the congressman could change directions until he officially announces his decision, but Fortenberry is definitely leaning toward a Senate run. A number of Republicans in Nebraska are already making plans to run for Fortenberry’s congressional seat, yet another indication that he will run for Senate.
The dynamic of the race would change if Gov. Dave Heineman (R) decides to enter the race. The popular governor has shown no interest in coming to Washington but, according to some insiders, has not completely closed the door to a run.
We are STILL hearing that Governor Dave Heineman has NOT closed the door on the Senate race just yet. And he may even get in, given Fort’s apparent mindset. Though, that would still let Fort get out…
Nothing is done yet.
And as we and others have been Tweeting and reporting throughout the day, (Cosmic) Bob Kerrey has said he is STILL deciding on whether or not to run.
He says that the other Democrats — you know the ones who actually live in Nebraska — will wait for him to decide, and won’t run if he does. How kind of him.
But the money quote to Joe Jordan from Kerrey is:
“(The decision is) in my head only and as you know that’s a scary place to be.”
Don’t we ever…
And since (for some Gaia forsaken reason) some of you don’t read our Twitter feed, here are a few highlights from the past few hours:
- State Sen. Tony Fulton says he will NOT run for #NE1 if Fortenberry runs for #NESEN http://bit.ly/Ag846Z (already stated@LeavenworthSt)
- LJS: “A # of friends and close pol assocs sed they believe Bob Kerrey is inclined to seek the #NESEN seat”