The AP is reporting that former Senator Bob Kerrey will NOT run for the Nebraska U.S. Senate seat being vacated by current Democrat Ben Nelson.
With Kerrey’s exit the Democrat’s bench is practically empty. Many suspect that state Senator Steve Lathrop will jump in, though he has just a week to make that decision.
The LJS’s Don Walton reports that Democrat former Lt. Gov. Kim Robak has taken her name OUT of the running for the Senate nomination.
And the OWH’s Robynn Tysver tweets that Steve Lathrop is indeed mulling things over…again. You know, unless some other big name tries to muscle him out again.
Tysver also tweets that Nebraska Regent Chuck Hassebrook is “very interested“, though we would guess that Lathrop get’s right of first refusal. And as an elected official, Hassebrook too would have to decide by February
Chuck Hassebrook (@Vote4Chuck) cryptically Tweets: #NESEN.
As things move fast and furiously (that’s upcoming title of the 5th movie), we are getting interesting info from the Dem side.
We hear that Nebraska Regent Chuck Hassebrook is IN, and that Steve Lathrop is still mulling things over.
Why would there be a disconnect here? Well, you may remember that the big chautauqua last month at Senator Ben Nelson’s Omaha office included Lathrop and Kim Robak…but Hassebrook was no where to be seen. At that point, several sources said Lathrop had decided it was a go — before Bob Kerrey’s giant head came into view.
Has Hassebrook been aced out of the conversation? Does anyone on the Dem side care what he thinks? (Was he conferenced in?)
The Dems may be as confident as the GOP is that the winner of the GOP primary will take it all in November. While you could call that “overconfidence”, you could also call it “reading the polls”.
So would Lathrop really gain by being a big loser to the GOP nominee — for his planned 2014 run for Governor? Maybe not. You could argue probably not. (There is an argument that it would increase his name ID, but maybe that’s not so strong.) Yet Deena Winter at Watchdog is tweeting that Lathrop is still mulling it over seriously.
So is it Hassebrook? He has a week to decide.
Could Lathrop be in as well? Also a week.
Would they BOTH get in — just to drum up interest in the final nominee?
It’s possible, maybe.
So who is in?
In the mean time, here is the latest TV spot from GOP Senate frontruner, Attorney General Jon Bruning:
We are now going to make the assumption that Governor Dave Heineman will NOT run.
The battle for this seat is now in the GOP primary. Chaos shall begin…now.
Updates to this post coming…