Our sources on Leavenworth Street tell us that the Pete Ricketts for Governor camp is continuing to form — and we are looking for an announcement this month.
In the meantime, we understand that Team Ricketts will consist of (in part):
Chris Peterson – General Consultant
Jessica Moenning – General Consultant
Matt Miltenberger – Campaign Manager
You may remember that Peterson managed the Mike Johanns for Senate campaign. Moenning has had a number of Nebraska political clients — and also ran the Ricketts campaign in 2006.
Miltenberg is a former Executive Director of the Nebraska GOP, and is currently the Director of Government Relations at Las Vegas’s Venetian hotel and casino.
Now, those are ALL “speculation”, as it were. There is no confirmation on any of them — heck there’s no confirmation that Ricketts will even RUN.
That being said, if this all comes to fruition, we won’t be “surprised”.
And as long as were talking campaign staff, here is what we’ve got for the still unannounced Charles Herbster campaign:
Manager: Carlos Castillo, formerly of the Governor Dave Heineman campaign, and director of the Department of Administrative Services
Pollster: Neil Newhouse with Public Opinion Strategies
Voter contact team: Sam Fischer and John Peschong with Meridian Public Affairs, both with numerous Nebraska campaigns
Media: Jon Downs and Terry Nelson with FP1, recently with Ron Paul’s presidential last cycle
Digital Outreach: Vincent Harris with Harris Media, recently did work for Ted Cruz, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich’s presidential run.
We’ll just say we feel pretty comfortable confirming this team.
As we have mentioned earlier (we think?) Team Charlie Janssen has recent Nebraska Republican Party Executive Director Jordan McGrain at the helm.
He is being assisted by Pete Botkin.
The rest of their team includes…
Digital: Prosper Group
Print: Majority Strategies
Data and technology: Northstar
Media Production: Jonathan Kayser of Sweet Action Creative
And we’ll add this nice pic of Janssen and his minions from the JC Fremont parade:
Did we say minions? We meant, “Minions!”
ICYMI, the OWH reported that Democrat Omaha City Council member Pete Festersen will decide next month whether he is going to challenge Congressman Lee Terry for the NE-2 seat.
Terry has had lots of close races, and we are sure Festersen would be able to put together a decent campaign.
It will be a mid-term, during which the sitting President’s party traditionally does not do well.
Festersen will have all of the President’s policies piled up on his back.
Festersen will not likely have the benefit of Omaha’s North O community showing up at the polls, as they did vociferously when Barack Obama was on the ballot.
All that being said, we are positive Chairman Terry will be taking his race very seriously, as he always does.
Feel free to dive in with the rest of your topics — as we are sure you will anyway.