On that note, we have only seen a few other names mentioned after Flood’s name was taken out of the equation. State Senator Charlie Janssen had been mentioned in the “probably” department before, and we wonder if he’ll move over to the “likely”.
But few other big names have emerged. Jon Bruning and Don Stenberg always get their yard signs tossed around, but we haven’t learned of any specific organizing from them just yet. It is a double-edged spork for them, since coming out too early will put the “eternal campaigners” moniker on them — while waiting too long could put them out of the money game.
So there is a good chance we will see some other contenders come out in the next months. We still believe we will see a name come out of Lincoln or Omaha (or both) — and likely someone who has not been elected before. The chances of being victorious in 2014 just seem too ripe for anyone with a slight interest to stay out. We haven’t run into anyone who thinks the race is gift-wrapped for Rick Sheehy — though that’s not to say Sheehy won’t have an excellent chance and run a good race. It’s just that few expect him to trot in and slam dunk.
We have heard a few other names floating around. Some you may even have heard before.
Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post followed up the story of Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) retiring from the Senate (remember when he was all-in for Don Stenberg?) with a list of Senators who could likely quit or decide not to run in 2014.
There were no Nebraska Senators on that list.
And that’s not to say there should have been. But…for what it’s worth…we have not seen any formal re-election announcement on that front. And we have not heard anything specific. And we are not saying we WILL hear anything specific.
We are just saying… that IF there were an open U.S. Senate seat in 2014, wouldn’t that be interesting? (Well OF COURSE it would be interesting…)
And we don’t know if a certain lame-duck Governor would be interested in something like that or not.
It is just an interesting thing to mull, like a red wine with some sugar and cinnamon and a little orange peel.
Speaking of new contenders, the Douglas County Republican Party seems to be in transition. It looks like current head Scott Petersen is looking to pass things on to a fellow Ron Paulite – Bryan Baumgart.
Baumgart sent out an email to potential supporters, with an an endorsement list that is (though not all) a murderer’s row…of fellow Paulistas:
Scott Petersen – Chairman, Douglas County GOP
John Orr – Chairman, Washington County GOP
Ken Ragland – Chairman, Sarpy County GOP
Pat McPherson – Long time Douglas County GOP Stalwart
Glenn Freeman – former Chairman, Douglas County GOP
Andy Abboud – former Executive Director, Douglas County GOP
Tim Heller – former President, Nebraska Federation of Young Republicans & College Republicans
Levi Lippincott – Candidate for Chairman, Sarpy County GOP
Bruce Dickes – Communications Manager & Executive Committee, Douglas Country GOP
Aimee Melton – Executive Committee DCRP
Jason Johanns – Executive Committee DCRP
Jon Tucker – Executive Committee DCRP
Randi Scott – Executive Committee DCRP
Rob Rohrbough – Executive Committee DCRP
We see a few names in there that aren’t Paulies, but plenty that were on the side of taking over the State Party on behalf of Ron Paul earlier this year.
And we understand that many of those folks want the best for the party.
But we wonder about things like…
- Campaign experience
- Fund raising
- Candidate recruitment
- Candidate assistance
- Local policy initiatives
These are all issues that many have questioned over the last year or so, and we wonder if there is a real plan to re-address those same points.
Oh, and we’d also like a nickel for every time a certain group says how much they hate the “establishment”.
(Wonder if we’ll get much discussion on all of this…)
You may have seen the (somewhat bizarre) ode to Ben Nelson’s hair by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Nothing like the closing notes of your career to be about your hair.
But on that note, we will credit the state Democrats for their own recognition of the Mighty Coif on Nelson, in the form of a t-shirt:
(See, who says we don’t give the Dems credit?)
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