There has been rampant speculation that Ricketts would get into either the race for the open Senate seat or the open Governor’s office. There was some off-hand speculation that a Federal office could cause “problems” with the Cubs and Ricketts, but nothing really confirmed.
Ricketts entry to the race could cause some serious cash to be thrown around. In 2006, Ricketts spent around $12 million of his own cash in a failed attempt to upend Senator Ben Nelson. In the GOP Governor’s race, along with conservative firebrand (just to use some sort of moniker) state Senator Charlie Janssen, there will be Southeast Nebraska business and cattleman Charles Herbster. Herbster is expected to spend his own cash and has hired GOP campaign superstarCarlos Castillo (he managed the takedown of Gov candidate Tom Osborne) as his manager.
On Ricketts’s side, he is likely to again go with Jessica Moenning, though we have no information as of yet on any campaign staff. Since his 2006 campaign Ricketts has kept busy with the Cubs (where his brother Tom is the managing partner), the Platte Institute think tank, and Nebraska Watchdog, one of those news-blogging sites you’ve heard about. Ricketts’s right-hand…person, Nancy McCabe was also seen at last night’s Republican Forum — furiously jotting down notes while Charlie Janssen was speaking.
We will wait for final confirmation of a Ricketts run and will update you accordingly.
Roll Call did a brief get-to-know-you feature on Shane Osborn. Among other things, they mention that Osborn was selected as one of People Magazine’s Most Beautiful People in 2001 (along with the likes of Jude Law, Heath Ledger and Alex Rodriguez). They noted that he was awarded this while still flying combat missions in Afghanistan.
Roll Call also lists Team Osborn as:
Dave Boomer (campaign manager)
Brad Todd of OnMessage Inc. (media and general consultant
Sam Fischer of Meridian Central (direct mail)
Dean Dennhardt (finance)
Osborn also announced that he raised $233,868 in June — as reported on their July FEC report. Osborn is the only candidate thus far to file such a report.
Team Osborn was in Fremont last weekend and posed for this pic.
And we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out the LJS’s Don Walton’s Monday column. We often beat up on the notoriously Ben Nelson-friendly Walton, but mainly because he is one of the few politics-only columnists in Nebraska.
Walton noted that the Governor’s race as “puzzling”, then went on to say that “now we have free-spending Falls City businessman Charles Herbster about to enter the Republican scrap”.
Uh, “free spending”? Since when? Has Herbster filed anything? Has he ostentatiously displayed his wealth to the voters? Are his parade signs made of spun gold (or possibly a fine Falls City leather)? We get it that he may have lured Carlos Castillo to his side by offering good pay — but that is what the top politicos demand. But free-spending?
The gist here is the Walton is disappointed that Mike Flood didn’t get into the race, so now he finds the likes of Janssen, Herbster and Tom Carlson a puzzle — and sees an opening for a liberal like Hassebrook or Lathrop to get in because…well, just because.
We’re past expecting Yankee-fan Walton to up and root for the Red Sox, but we still tire of him reading the box scores however he wants.
…oh and here’s Charlie Janssen at the same JC Fremont parade as Osborn up above:
Congrats to the Nebraska Federation of Young Republicans who were recently honored at the Young Republican National Convention as the State Federation of the Year.
Chairman Brandon Petersen received the award at the convention in Mobile, Alabama last week.
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