As reported in the OWH, Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy has resigned — reportedly because of, basically, an affair.
(Used a state phone, but so what.)
This BLOWS UP the now wide-open race for the 2014 Governor’s race.
More when we have it.
Note when we wrote on December 19, 2012:
But a name that has been thrust to the fore, and mentioned to us by a few others is… Nebraska Regent Tim Clare.
Don Walton at the LJS did a huge write-up on Clare recently. He notes — and Clare likes to note — that not only is he a Lincoln guy but…
Clare has ties to both of Nebraska’s big cities. He was born in Omaha. He made the Super-State high school football team as a defensive back at Lincoln East. He played a year at Nebraska before he blew out a knee.After graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1985, he worked at First National Bank in Omaha, went to night classes and earned a law degree and a master’s degree in business administration at Creighton University at age 29.
Clare also has a monthly newsletter that he sends out — yes a Regent sends a monthly newsletter — and he is known to be aggressive about keeping all of his campaign contacts up to date. And maybe…just maybe…Clare has been in contact with politicos around the state. We will keep that under our Bo-Pelini autographed helmet for now, but sometimes when you meet with multiple folks, word can get around.
Now some say that there is “no way” Clare would get into a Governor’s race if Rick Sheehy is in it.
Unless Sheehy got out.
For some reason.
(emphasis now added)
Though, FWIW, some tell us they don’t think Clare will get in.
We would note that State Sen. Charlie Janssen has yet to fully step up. (We’re waiting.)
Best Tweet so far, from @danmoser1961:
Well, God, I hope they were at least real women. #sheehy #LNK #Nebraska
All possibles would need to consider now.
- You’d think Bruning would be in, but we are hearing he is VERY unlikely.
- Stenberg would probably reconsider, right? (But he’d have to have a worthwhile poll.)
- Ricketts would likely take a long, good look. (And could afford a poll.)
- Joe Jordan is saying State Sen. Beau McCoy
And on the Dem side, according to the LJS:
- Steve Lathrop: “I am probably leaning towards getting in.”
- Chuck Hassebrook: “I’m taking a hard look at it.”
Well, you know, until Bob Kerrey “moves back” to Nebraska and forces him out…
And then for the Lt. Governor spot?
We are hearing, just really off the cusp at this point:
- Beau McCoy
- Tony Fulton
- Phil Erdman
One thing that makes the Lt.Gov position interesting, is that there are apparently some constitutional questions** of an appointed Lt. Gov running for Governor — if they wanted to.
No real info on that, but we’ll take any briefs on the issue.
[**Update: Via one of our favorite readers: Of course what we MEANT, was that a sitting state senator cannot be appointed during session so must wait until sine die. And, that means a senator cannot resign and then be appointed. But, of course an appointed Lt. Governor can run.]
Another thing to keep in mind: The Lt. Gov. gig does NOT pay well, yet is a full time job.
Not everyone is able to take a pay cut for something like that.
Annnnnd…. in honor of Groundhog’s Day… it’s a Separated at Birth (rerun) with State Sen Burke Harr and Ned Ryerson (from the movie)!