***UPDATE Tuesday, July 24, 2012***
Paul Hammel of the OWH reports that Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy said, “I have every intention of running for Governor.”
Which we figured.
Hammel noted at the end of his article:
“There was speculation Monday that Sheehy might be leaving the post…”
Really Paul? WHERE was that “speculation”?
Would it really kill you guys to reference (with a link, ahem) what you are talking about?
Just say it. “LeavenworthSt.com, where we go for our political scoops, said…”
Is that so hard?
A few off beat thoughts on this Monday morning.
It was a reported last week that Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy’s wife filed for divorce. The news on this has contained few details. We have heard a few rumors, but nothing we would print and no reason to do so.
Nonetheless, we had a few of our contacts express that pursuant to this situation, or maybe something completey different, what do you suppose would happen if Sheehy found it necessary to leave the Lt. Governor gig, and Governor Dave Heineman had to replace him?
Now ordinarily replacing a Lt. Gov isn’t that big-a deal. Though it can certainly have an impact. Just ask Dave Heineman.
Heineman was appointed Lt. Governor in the middle of Mike Johann’s first term, then was on the ticket for the second term, and got the gig when Johanns left to become Secretary of Agriculture. But Heineman had been Lt. Gov for a while at that point.
So consider the scneario above. Let us say Heineman, for whatever reason, DID appoint a new Lt. Gov — just for arguments sake, throwing out a month — in September of this year. Then let’s say Mit Romney wins in November, and asks the first Governor in the country to endorse him (that would be Governor Dave) to become his Secretary of…Commerce. (Or pick your favorite cabinet post.)
Suddenly that Lieutenant Governor who a few months ago was doing something completely different has become Governor — and would likely be angling for a full term in 2014.
How’s that for a shake-up scenario?
So just to take things a little further, we asked a few of our politico contacts, “Who, in such a scenario, could be on Governor Dave’s short list for appointment?”
We gotta say, we were surprised how forthrightly our peeps gave us some names.
So, without further ado, here are a few thrown our direction (resorted alphabetically):
Director of Administrative Services Carlos Castillo
GOP Chairman Mark Fahleson
Omaha businessman Rex Fisher
Speaker Mike Flood
State Senator Tony Fulton
State Senator Tom Hansen (North Platte)
Lauren Kintner (Governor’s Policy Research Dir.)
Stave Senator Chris Langemeier
State Senator Scott Lautenbaugh
State Senator Beau McCoy
Former State Chair Mark Quandahl
Omaha City Councilwoman (and Mayoral canidate) Jean Stothert
Nebraska Health & Human Services CEO Kerry Winterer
That enough names for you to chew on? We will say that Flood, McCoy and Lautenbaugh were on everyone’s list. A few of those, like Lauren Kintner and Carlos Castillo are out of the box, but would be incredibly intriguing. The person would be, in essence, Heineman’s legacy and would have to be immediately accepted, able to hit the ground running, and put together a capable 2014 campaign.
Again, and most importantly, we do not have ANY evidence that ANY of this is likely.
But we always like to throw the names and movers and shakers out there, and this gave us the opportunity.
Your thoughts and/or your names?
Another national review of the Nebraska Senate campaign, with of course the, “Bob Kerrey runs again!” angle.
This time, even in the Washington Post, it is less fawning of Kerrey. It points out his time away from the state, the strength of his opponent, state Senator Deb Fischer, and even goes so far as to point out that his wife’s article in Vogue was fairly insulting to Nebraskans.
Oh, and then Kerrey says, “his gut tells him ‘the election today is probably 54-46, something like that.'”
Riiiiight. Even though Fischer’s poll has her up by 25 points and Kerrey’s OWN poll has her up by anywhere from 10-12. But hey, nothing like judging the race based on people coming up and telling you how awesome you are. (Hmm, might even give a good indication of why he got in the race in the the first place…)
Rep. Lee Terry will be making an announcement this afternoon regarding new legislation favoring the Keystone XL Pipeline. This drum cannot be beaten too many times, and we laud Terry for taking the lead on this.
This project, a no-brainer for energy and economic needs, is simply a political football for President Obama and the Democrats. It should be thrown back in their face at every opportunity and the public should always remember how this is being delayed. It was never about safety or water or fragileness or any of the other theories that have been attached to it by Jane Kleeb and the Enviros. It is about the radical Greens screaming about Tar Sands Oil and the End of the World. And the President is empowering them.
Just think what he would do with a second term.
Taking aim at Jim Suttle without saying his name anywhere in the ed?
Shrewd, OWH. Shrewd.
Oh, and when we saw the OWH headline “Emotional Jane Fonda recalls summers in Omaha“, we immediately went looking for the subhead:
“Considers run for Nebraska Democrat Senate nomination”.