At this point, no other name has come to the fore.
Jason Chaffetz (UT-03) and Daniel Webster (FL-10) were on the ballot with McCarthy, but at this point anyone could rise up. (And all sources with Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan say there’s “no way” he will run.)
National Review’s Joel Gehrke (brother of Ben Sasse lieutenant Jordan Gehrke) wrote in the National Review that Peter Roskam (IL-06) was planning something more long-term.
Greg Walden (OR-02)
Mike Pompeo (KS-04)
Jim Jordan (OH-04).
But at this point, no one seems to have a firm grasp on what will happen next. Though that could all change the moment this is posted.
That would be a CLASSY Speaker’s office…
I’m following CNN Congressional correspondent @DeirdreWalshCNN in the Capitol for updates.
W is for…
As many of you were watching the Cubs win over the Pirates in the National League Wildcard game last night, you may have noticed this scene at the end of the game, featuring nearly the entire Ricketts family — the owners of the Cubs:
And up top is a closeup of Nebraska’s Governor and First Lady enjoying the festivities.
As Deena Winter at Nebraska Watchdog tries to track down records of the Governor’s travel and overtime for the State Patrol, she may just want to stake out Wrigley and Busch Stadiums over the next week or so.
And speaking of the Governor, Governing Magazine did a review of the nation’s freshman Governors from the 2014 election.
Upon their review of Nebraska they wrote…
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican, governs a solidly Republican state, but the nominally nonpartisan and unicameral legislature has stymied him on several key issues. He opposed a gas tax increase, the issuance of driver’s licenses for children of undocumented immigrants who came to the United States at a young age, and a repeal of the death penalty. Ricketts vetoed all three measures but was overridden each time. It was “a very bad start for a first-year governor,” said Paul Landow, a University of Nebraska-Omaha political scientist. “A savvy politician would have picked the battles more carefully.”
That may be one way to put it.
Then again, Governing also called former Democrat Mayor Mike Fahey’s Chief of Staff a “political scientist.” (I’m picturing him with a lab coat on and smoking beakers full of polling data and candidate stool samples…)
What they didn’t call him was a “Democrat partisan political hack”.
But, you know…
…But I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night
The papers are reporting that the lawyers for
the Attorney General Nebraskans for the Death Penalty are seeking a dismissal of the lawsuit which seeks to block the Death Penalty Repeal-repeal vote. They claim because the Pro-Death Penalty forces didn’t list Governor Ricketts as a “Sponsor”, the petitions should be thrown out.
No one has really written it, but I guess I would be surprised if such a motion (by attorney, and former Nebraska GOP Chair, J.L. Spray) has much of a chance of success.
You pretty much HAVE to file those types of motions. But, especially in a case like this, it would be surprising if it succeeded. Though I base that on my reading of the Nebraska Supreme Court decision in a similar case.
Then again, I ain’t a lawyer in the case. You never know what might happen.
Fort for Fiorina
The Carly Fiorina PAC today announced that Nebraska 1st District Rep. Jeff Fortenberry has endorsed Carly Fiorina for President, and he will be a co-chair of her Nebraska committee along with Nebraska Regent Howard Hawks and his wife Rhonda.
From the release, Fort said:
“I’m supporting Carly Fiorina for President of the United States. Carly is clear, she is honest, and she is strong. With America facing economic malaise, political dysfunction, and cultural challenges, I am confident that Carly will rebuild our economy, repurpose our government, and renew America. I believe that Carly’s creative determination will make us proud.”
At this point 3rd District Rep. Adrian Smith has not endorsed anyone, though it is possible that he may.
And who knows who Brad Ashford might endorse.
We do know that he was a big fan of John Boehner…