Osborn has already been on the campaign parade circuit (appearing with many other candidates and gonna-be-candidates) at the J.E. George, Ralston and Seward parades. He joins the official Senate campaign of Omaha attorney Bart McLeay and the probable Senate campaign of Midlands U. President Ben Sasse.
The last one of that group we are waiting on is Pete Ricketts, who could very well decide to go for Senate or Governor or neither.
(Here’s one floating out there: the Cubs and MLB would rather not have Ricketts in Federal office, as they don’t want him to provoke Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod. There may not be a lick of truth to that, but it’s still funny — and we doubt that’s the last we’ll hear about the Cubs and Ricketts.)
In the meantime Osborn, raised in Norfolk, seems to be making a statement about focusing on the 3rd District by starting his campaign in G.I. Those voters have been known to have some influence in the GOP primary.
Over in the Governor’s race, as we noted earlier this week, state Senator Tom Carlson will be announcing his candidacy on Friday. Our friends over at the Objective Conservative say that Charles Herbster will formally announce his candidacy on Monday. And then they also toss out the potential campaigns of state Senator Bob Krist and State Auditor Mike Foley.
Of course Herbster was out and about on the parade trails over the 4th, and was coy about his candidacy…while walking behind a “Herbster for Governor” banner. Sort of a different way to roll things out, but that’s all pretty inside baseball, since once he’s in it really doesn’t make any difference.
But if we’re talking Charlie Janssen, Herbster, Carlson, Krist, Foley, Ricketts — and then potentially even a Jon Bruning or Don Stenberg, ANYTHING could happen. Heck, there might not be enough minutes in the day to carry all of the TV ads.
It could be the sort of race where name ID or one big issue pulls a candidate through. Color us intrigued.
And an **UPDATE** for this post that went up early early this morning, with a little news from the OWH:
1) Krist, noted above, is not going to run for Governor, but IS considering a run against Lee Terry…but as a Democrat.
We had just very recently heard this rumor but found it so far-fetched that we only sort of chuckled. But apparently it’s a real thing.
2) Now, keep in mind however that Krist may not have heard the other matter, that Omaha City Councilman Pete Festersen is also considering running against Terry. If he were to toss in his helmet, we would venture to say Festersen’s Dem nomination would be a slam dunk — certainly against Krist.
Festersen could be a formidable opponent against Terry, but the fact that it’s a mid-term won’t be helping Festersen. Also, FWIW, longtime Terry manager David Boomer is now managing Shane Osborn’s Senate campaign, and the Terry forces are looking for a replacement. Whomever comes could have a battle on their hands, though we’re sure Terry is up to the challenge.
And then over on the Dem side, we certainly chuckle just a little watching Bob Kerrey couch-holder Chuck Hassebrook sew up endorsements. This has gotta make tanned, rested and ready state Senator Steve Lathrop grind his teeth as he ventures from Lions Club (Grr!) to coffee shop across Nebraska, just listening…listening…
And of course we’ll see how their liberal schtick will actually play to voters who actually vote.
Senate candidate Bart McLeay has a twin brother — Omaha physician Dr. Matt McLeay (the smart one? ha!). So, Bart McLeay was in the J.E. George Parade in Omaha early on the 4th. Then he was in the Ralston parade. From there, one has to haul their butt to get to the big parade in Nebraska’s 4th of July town in Seward, 70 miles away.
So the rumor was that McLeay couldn’t get to Seward in time, so instead had his brother Matt walk to the Seward route, kissing hands and shaking babies in place of Bart — but not letting on who he really is.
Now of course, none of this is true (see pics of Bart in Ralston and Seward on his Facebook page.) But that’s the season we are in folks! Anything can happen! Anything goes! And if you can smell a corn dog wafting through the air, there’s probably a candidate nearby running for SOME statewide office trying to slap a sticker on your forehead.
You’ve been warned!
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