We gotta think the Jim Suttle – Jean Stothert Mayoral race will come down to the wire. Stothert outperformed Suttle in the primary, but the fire and police unions will be working their GOTV machines for Suttle as they apparently fear for their livelihoods if Jean Stothert were to become Mayor. Of course Stothert would convert to an all volunteer police force made up of mall police and leave fire fighting to 101 Dalmatians on a Budweiser carriage. Right?
Oh, but we saw recently the extent Suttle is willing to go to keep his peeps in the police department happy. “Perhaps one MEEELLION dollars will keep you on my side??? Don’t worry, the public has no need to know about this.” Fairly amazing really. But it seriously is garbage like that which may cause otherwise comfortable Democrats to sit on their voting hands on Tuesday.
And yes, we know the OWH endorsed Stothert. We think she still has a shot at winning anyway.
We think many stops will be pulled tomorrow by Team Suttle. Please send us your camera phone pics when you spot something fishy!
(And for more, we will say that we liked the little running-race graphic by the OWH, here.)
So we have been following along the Big Political Question for statewide Nebraska politics for a while. And we are wondering if there is a little movement.
Will Dave Heineman run for U.S. Senate?
Hmm. Well, the official answer is still “don’t know”.
We are hearing more and more that the Governor has always been more of a “no” on this than a “yes”. He notoriously does not like Washington, D.C. and then there is the question of the hassle of life in the likely Minority party — coming off of a powerful position in the Gov’s office.
And then…we did not see this AP story about the Gov’s decision run in the OWH (we may have just missed it), but it was in number of other papers.
The story doesn’t break much of anything new, except David Kramer notes that it would be more likely for the Governor to announce his decision prior to the County Fair circuit kicking in. And we are hearing similar tremors for when the Gov will announce.
But we have heard some OTHER indicators as well.
Pete Ricketts apparently just went to DC to meet with party leaders and those at the NRSC regarding a possible Senate run — should Heineman not. A few different thoughts on that:
One, the NRSC loves it when a candidate with deeeeep pockets is considering. It means they don’t have to work as much in that state and can focus eleswhere money-wise. They also probably figure Ricketts starts with a statewide advantage, having been there in 2006.
Others in the DC political areas aren’t so sure about Ricketts. They know he got waxed by Ben Nelson, and might even see his Platte Institute as something a Democrat could hammer, almost like a voting record.
But keep in mind, one would absolutely have to have the “right” Democrat to beat any Republican statewide, and if there is one out there right now, we haven’t heard of him or her. (Not to say they aren’t there, but we’ve heard of no actual names of late.)
But keep in mind that if Governor Dave doesn’t run, you almost 100% for sure will have former State Treasurer Shane Osborn in the race. Osborn has been off the political radar for a few years, but does also have statewide elections under his belt.
And then there is Rep. Jeff Fortenberry — who just kicked out a little foreign policy newsletter item. (To build up his cred on the subject for statewide discussions? Probably not too far from what he usually writes about. But still..)
Those would be the Big 3 we’d see — unless Bruning or Stenberg decided to jump, which we aren’t seeing. We still see Lee Terry as more invested in the House now, and doubt Adrian Smith would jump in against that bunch — but again, who knows? (We had written about Ben Sasse a while back, but haven’t heard much about him since.)
We DO know that if Fortenberry jumps, that creates sudden chaos in the 1st District with all sorts of excitement and full employment for consultants ensuing.
It would be a busy year.
More when we have it.
Story’s the same on the Gov’s race.
We would expect more movement within the month.
Though Don Walton reports that Christopher Geary is in. So jump on that band wagon if you’d like.
Congrats to Trent Fellers, Jon Bruning’s former campaign manager, on his victory in the Lincoln City Council race!
Rest in Peace…
…Former First Gentleman, Bill Orr. We believe his cookbook is lying around the L.St HQ here somewhere. He was just a few years ahead of the male celeb chefs. A few years later and he probably would have had his own show.
…Former U.S. Senate candidate Pat Flynn. Flynn passed away on May 5th after a battle with cancer.
He ran unsuccessfully for Senate in 2008 and 2012. We never took his campaigns too seriously, mainly because of his lack of funding or a political background. But he always had a great deal of zeal during the races, and clearly loved his country and wished to serve. And he got in the arena.
Those who knew him well say that he will be sincerely missed, and we wish them well.
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