Foley’s IN for #NEGOV.
Word was rushing around the Capitol this afternoon.
We received an email regarding it around 2:00 pm.
We Tweeted some hints.
Then Robynn Tysver of the OWH went full Tweet on it.
And now we have this email from Mike Foley himself:
State Auditor Mike Foley will hold a press conference as follows:
Thursday September 5th
State Capitol Rotunda – (2nd floor)
Auditor Foley will announce his political intentions for the 2014 election cycle.
US Congressman Jeff Fortenberry will make introductory remarks at the event.
If this is just an announcement that he’ll run for re-election as Auditor it will be the biggest letdown since Chuck Hagel’s non-announcement announcement for President.
But if he IS in, it will make for a VERY exciting, and crowded primary.
And he would immediately be in the top 2 or 3 of the candidates (at least for now).
And we — and we include the OWH, LJS and Watchdog — expect Pete Ricketts into the race as well.
And in the past, the Moenning family has been on’s Foley’s campaign team.
And here comes Jeff Fortenberry, with a Moenning on his staff, up to the stage with Foley.
With the expectation that another Moenning would be leading the Ricketts camp.
And all that being said, we would be a little surprised to see Jeff Fortenberry endorsing a candidate in this currently crowded GOP primary.
(Though others disagree — and point to Fort endorsing Deb Fischer over Jon Bruning.)
But would Fort do that now?
Or IS Foley just trying to make a big deal announcing his re-election?
(And FWIW, we just received a “100% certain he’s in for Gov” response. So there’s that.)
Again, Robynn Tysver says that he is IN for Gov.
(And if we’ve learned anything, it’s that if you are off about someone’s final plans to run for Governor, you are officially ostracized from making ANY other predictions in the Nebraska political community (or at least on the Twitter). We know THAT much. Right?)
Well, I guess we’ll find out in about 22 hours.
In the mean time we’ve seen a few other candidates come and go, who weren’t even in!
There is Nebraska banker Matt Williams of Gothenburg (Chairman of the American Bankers Association — nothing to sneeze at, not to mention a dead ringer for an old Boomer Esiason) who apparently was VERY interested to run for Gov, but sounds like he may run for the Legislature instead.
And we are also waiting to officially hear from Sid Dinsdale (#NESEN) and Rex Fischer (#NE?).
Oh and hey, on that note about Pete Ricketts for Gov, Nebraska Watchdog will officially NOT be covering the Governor’s race, unless Pete decides to not get in.
However because of Ricketts’ financial relationship with the Franklin Center, Nebraska Watchdog has decided not to report on the governor’s campaign while Ricketts is a likely or actual candidate.
Nebraska Watchdog has made this decision in order to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest. If Ricketts decides not to run, Nebraska Watchdog will resume coverage of the campaign.
So again, we’ve heard Pete is in — and likely to announce this month.
OWH thinks he’s in.
LJS thinks he’s in.
And Watchdog thinks he’s probably in.
Annnnnd, guess who is NO LONGER listed on the Board of Directors at the Platte Institute.
Gonna be a helluva primary.
Various and sundry:
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And no one asked us, but when we see someone like Festersen bow out of the Congressional race that apparently many think he could win, we are more and more suspicious that there is ANOTHER Democrat that those with money and power in Omaha want that seat held for.
When the time is right…