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.
So Johanns’s retirement adds some interest, does it not?
Our guesses for who might be in (on the GOP side):
- Governor Dave Heineman – he’s the 800 lb gorilla if he wants it
If Heineman not in then…
- Rep. Jeff Fortenberry – we’d have to think THIS is his opportunity to step up
- AG Jon Bruning – gotta give it a shot, right?
- Treasurer Don Stenberg – who we mention, only because this may be a real opportunity to do this or Gov — and we sort of think this may mean he has an even better opening for Gov.
- Rep. Lee Terry – though with his new Chairmanship, we sort of doubt it
- Pete Ricketts – always a threat if he wants to get in here (or Gov)
- former Treasurer Shane Osborn – as suggested by an alert reader
Place your bets.
Oh, and btw, the Charlie Janssen for Governor site is up at www.VoteJanssen.com.
The Johanns announcement sort of stepped on that, yeah?