Rep. Fortenberry OUT for #NESEN

As we had alluded after Governor Heineman said he wouldn’t run, 1st Dist Rep. Jeff Fortenberry will also NOT run for U.S. Senate.

For the GOP that leaves, as the major contenders:

Shane Osborn (IN – unoffically)
Pete Ricketts (Probably IN)
Ben Sasse ((Don’t know)

We HAVE to think there will be others who will take a stab at it at this point.

More when we have it.


  1. What a Peach says:

    “With the consent of the people, I will seek to continue service in Congress for the well-being of our state and nation.”

    We are SO privileged that he gives us well being.

  2. Anonymostly says:

    Peach, I agree we are privileged to have Fortenberry in Congress. I shudder to think what it would be like if Ivy Harpie had been elected instead.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Good call by the Fort to stay out. They would have pounded him with national money if he got in and he can stay in Congress for decades more if he wants. I fail to understand why you keep bringing up Sasse as if he is a legit candidate. A guy who publicly boasts of going to Yale in a state like ours doesn’t get it. Sasse doesn’t understand that going to Yale is a strike against him big time in the eyes of the public. Sasse has no resume or political experience to run for the Senate. If Sasse gets the nomination, he would lose to Mickey Mouse Democrat because what I have seen of him he is absolutely clueless when it comes to elections. At least Ricketts and Osborn have some political chops. This time, Ricketts will know what he is doing as well.

  4. Whatever says:

    Osborne – wife beater
    Ricketts – spoiled little rich boy and part-time Nebraskan
    Sass – Carpetbagger

    ‘Nuff said.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Someone who spent time on the east coast, got a PhD from Yale, and came back to run for Senate… who does that sound like??

  6. Zilla Thrilla says:

    Dude, my dad would vote for Sasse. As dad always said the best way to get ahead in Washington is to move back to where you were born and get elected to the Senate. Party On!!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Fortenberry and Heineman did not suddenly get unambitious. Politicians let nothing get in the way of ambition but a healthy sense of political survival. They calculate risks and then back away from what they see as career killing mistakes. These two senior incumbents don’t see a balanced GOP primary field or they would jump in. They see one guy, a former GOP nominee for this same job, who spent intervening years building GOP solids, who has no Nelson on the other side this time, and has the deepest possible pockets.

  8. @Whatever says:

    Bob Kerrey was all three of those things, and Dems didn’t seem to have a problem with him. Throw in “Vietnam massacre leader” as well.

  9. @ 1031 says:

    He is going to need more than just deep pockets. The data doesn’t lie. Most primary voters feel it was a mistake to nominate Pete the last time he ran. He can’t simply ‘buy’
    The senate seat no matter how much money he pays in consulting.

  10. Some Thoughts says:

    If Ricketts wants to win, he’s going to have to come with something more than a wheelbarrow of cash. I don’t think Nebraskans like the idea of someone buying a seat without offering any substance. Look at the Deb Fischer example: voters liked the underdog, the fresh voice from outside politics, the lifelong Nebraskan and rancher, the candidate who took the high road. Ricketts and his family may well use their money to influence Nebraska politics, but they probably should look for a different face to put on the ticket.

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