**UPDATE — Don Walton of the LJS confirmed that Linehan is considering running. **
Kicking off with the rumour du jour, there is word of a GOP contest for term-limited State Senator Beau McCoy’s West Omaha seat.
Former Creighton Law Dean, Republican Pat Borchers declared earlier this year. Then last week, a Democrat farmer, Bill Armbrust declared.
But now there is a flutter that another Republican may run.
Or at least someone who is registered as a Republican…
The word is that former Chuck Hagel aide Lou Ann Linehan is thinking about running.
You may remember that Linehan was Chuck Hagel’s Chief of Staff, then moved over to the State Department as Hagel went to work as Barack Obama’s Defense Secretary.
In the mean time she also decided to start supporting Democrats for Congress in Nebraska.
She was Democrat Jim Esch’s October surprise, declaring her support for him against Lee Terry — while one of her kids was also working for Esch.
And then in the Terry – Brad Ashford battle, she was an Ashford supporter, giving him $400.
She gave Ashford another $250 about a month ago as well.
Interesting rumors as well about who is recruiting her to run, but that can wait. And of course, this is a RUMOUR, and could very well turn out to be untrue, or even if true, she could decide not to run.
Linehan is/was very much a Pete Ricketts person, and arguably was the one making the major campaign strategy decisions back in Ricketts’ big money/big loss to Ben Nelson in 2006.
While she would seem to be Team Ricketts, one also has to wonder, if she ran, why the Governor would want another soft Republican/Independent potentially against him in the Legislature.
We will keep listening and keep you posted!
John’s your (angry) Uncle, mate!
Tuesday’s Presidential debate was arguably more substantive, but less…fun, yeah?
Everyone is still harkening back to the first debate that was pure raucousness and Trump taking names and kicking butt. He has since cooled his venom a bit, and thus the debates have been that much less…exciting.
On the other hand, they have been much more fact and policy filled, and should therefore be more “satisfying” to the voter.
But even politi-watcher Stephen Colbert complained that the last one was boring.
Is there a happy medium? Do people get bored when the entertainment ends and actual debating begins? Does that matter?
Well, in any case, here is my rundown, that I essentially gave on Twitter as well:
Trump: was on the RECEIVING end of a few zingers — from Rand and Carly. While he is saying that he knows the facts on the TPP-China issue, he didn’t speak up after Paul’s zinger, and seemed like one of the first “hits” he has taken. Fiorina’s “Green Room” line was also good, but is seeming to stick less. Probably doesn’t affect him too much for now. But list that as a marker if he DOES eventually go down.
Carson: definitely had a few weak responses, but also had a few solid ones. Was also quiet for long stretches. But is unlikely to lose much or gain much as a result.
Rubio: Solid as always, but he needs to figure out his rapid-fire, memorized, stump-speech responses, so he sounds just a little more natural. His best moment was when he had a big smile on the Hillary question, but then went back to the robotish stump-speech.
Cruz: Was solid, but got lost in the weeds just a bit while debating Kasich. He won the argument on paper, but lost people who were watching. Cruz can probably out-smart anyone. But can he out-politic them?
Bush: As Governor Heineman said, Jeb was a very good, if not great, Governor. But these debates are not his forte. And frankly, the podium speeches aren’t either. Igniting people to move for him is a problem.
Fiorina: Again, very good, but same issues as Rubio. Could still be a VP.
Paul: A Twitterer put it best, “Paul could very well win the nomination…of the Libertarian Party.”
Kasich: Continued to earn the “angry uncle at Thanksgiving” moniker. Won’t shake it.
Christie: If you missed the Happy Hour Debate, he was tip-top. And Governor Heineman is also convinced he could have a breakthrough in New Hampshire. He is still one to watch.
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And ICYMI, here is a short clip of my interview with former Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman, discussing Donald Trump and the Iowa Caucuses:
Governor Heineman and I discuss a wide range of topics, including Tuesday’s debate, the Iowa Caucuses, NEBRASKA Caucuses, the Nebraska legislature, Airborne Ranger school, and…his thoughts on his future in politics. And much more!
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