I asked one question: Who are you supporting for President in the 2016 party primaries?
I received responses from over 55% of the Senators (27) as of Wednesday night.
I will guess that more will trickle in, but for now, here are the totals…
19 out of the 27 (over 70%) are, like many of you, still Undecided.
Of those, 15 gave a straight up Undecided response:
Kathy Campbell (Lincoln)
Joni Craighead (Omaha)
Nicole Fox (Omaha)
Curt Friesen (Henderson)
Galen Hadley (Kearney)
Burke Harr (Omaha)
Jerry Johnson (Wahoo)
Mark Kolterman (Seward)
John Kuehn (Heartwell)
Adam Morfeld (Lincoln)
John Murante (Gretna)
Jim Scheer (Norfolk)
Paul Schumacher (Columbus)
Jim Smith (Papillion)
Matt Williams (Lexington)
Of that group, note that Burke Harr and Adam Morfeld are two Democrats who have not yet chosen from the slim field of Democrats. In other words, they haven’t sided with Hillary…yet.
But they are like many of their Republican colleagues who just haven’t made a decision. Many noted that they wanted more time to study their candidates, and a few Republicans noted that they will be supporting the GOP nominee no matter who he or she is.
It is interesting that the Nebraska legislature is not like an Iowa where candidate are clamoring to get a list of endorsements. Instead, many Nebraskans still need time to sort out their thoughts on the candidates.
The Legislature! They’re Just Like Us!
There were four more who are also Undecided, but wanted to list some candidates they like. They were…
Tommy Garrett (Bellevue) – Rubio, Cruz, and Fiorina
Robert Hilkemann (Omaha) – Walker, Kasich and Carson
Bill Kintner (Papillion) – Paul, Walker, Cruz and Rubio (though, I’m guessing, not the late Paul Walker…)
And there was one Senator — out of the 27 who responded — who while Undecided also mentioned the name of a certain guy he likes:
David Schnoor (Fremont) – Trump
“I do like what Donald Trump is saying, but we have a long way to go until the May primaries.”
From there, there were eight State Senators who came right out and said who they were supporting.
Beau McCoy (Omaha)
McCoy is on the board of the #AllinforJeb Nebraska Campaign Steering Committee (along with Hal Daub).
Al Davis (Hyannis)
John McCollister (Omaha)
Davis notes that, “He has both administrative and legislative experience, is intelligent and has “institutional knowledge” about a functioning legislative system in Washington, due to his work in Congress during the 1990s (at a time when people wanted solutions rather than platforms). I think he is a problem solver and not an ideologue.”
(Davis also noted that he wants the Nebraska primary earlier. I say Amen to some sort of revolving plan…)
Ron Rand Paul
Roy Baker (Lincoln)
Laura Ebke (Crete)
Both of these Senators noted that they were leaning towards Paul, but sounded solid enough that they can stay in his column.
Baker noted, “I see Rand Paul as a good thinker, capable of coming up with original ideas.”
Lydia Brasch (Bancroft)
Michael Groene (North Platte)
Tyson Larson (O’Neill)
These Senators were pretty solid for Walker. Groene noted his support for Walker during my podcast interview with him, stating that he liked someone who has walked the walk (ironically, named Walker) on the issues.
Brasch noted that she has met him and said, “He authored numerous conservative budgets, he held the line on property tax levies multiple years, and reduced government workforce by 20%. Walker also returned over $375,000 of his own salary back to taxpayers.”
Larson added, “He has demonstrated his ability to tackle the tough issues that the state faced, and did so against the union special interests.”
Well that was interesting, yeah?
We still have 22 that didn’t respond (yet), and the email box is always open. If you, Senator, didn’t get your message in this time, there will be a follow-up as we get a few more responses in.
If you missed it, be sure to listen to my podcast interview with Legislative candidate for District 31 (currently held by Democrat, Rick Kolowski), Ian Swanson on The Wheels Down Politics Show.
You can find that interview and all of our podcasts at WheelsDownPolitics.com.