[embedit snippet=”nebraska-ppp”]Who Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and U.S Senator Ben Sasse will back in the upcoming Nebraska Presidential primary has become somewhat of a parlor game, full of discussion and intrigue.
Ben Sasse added to that today by Tweeting his vote for Ted Cruz:
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) April 15, 2016
But the fact that this was done in a Friday morning Tweet — as opposed to a behind the lectern endorsement could be a bit telling.
Not to mention that you’ll note that Sasse says this vote is “to #StopTrump”. Not exactly a ringing endorsement of Ted.
Many are jumping to the immediate conclusion that Sasse would much more prefer some sort of an open convention.
There have even been rumblings….of a DRAFT SASSE candidacy at the convention in Cleveland. This isn’t some Twitter based thing, but an actual effort to…well…likely at least bandy Sasse’s name about. Few would imagine Sasse jumping directly to the Oval Office, even by some bizzaro open convention.
But, to have a few networks have it whispered that Sasse’s name is in the running — maybe the bottom tier, but still — would be a boon for a, say, 2020 candidacy. Maybe 2024.
Sure this is the long game. But this is where these things start.
Ricketts for POTUS?
Oh, and let us not leave out Nebraska’s Governor when talking about the Presidency. Of these United States.
Since the start of the election season, Ricketts was looked at as a Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker guy. Though Walker is now “out”, many think that he could have a comeback at an open convention.
Remember when Paul Ryan was recently putting his line in the sand for not running, but noted that he thinks only people who were running for President should be considered.That suggestion expands it far past the current standard of having won 8 primary states.
So Ryan’s suggestion puts his fellow Badger-stater Walker right back in the fray for the nomination. And if Walker is in the mix, the son of one of his biggest supporters could eventually, in theory, end up in the Veep spot. OK, or maybe a posh Secretary’s role.
(Remember, Pete’s original plan was to go to the U.S. Senate. And it has been a theme among many that Ricketts isn’t really that crazy about the day-in-day-out gig in Lincoln. But a cabinet Secretary? Bingo.)
There have even been dishes that Governor Pete’s name has been bandied about for the open convention thing. Though having your pops be a zillionaire will do that sort of thing for you.
And who’s on their slate?
Of course ALL of the above doesn’t happen unless there is a change to the rules of the convention, then some serious splitting after the initial ballot.
Yesterday I asked Senator Deb Fischer on her weekly press call if she was going to run to be a National Delegate, or if she knew who she’d vote for or how she’d approach those convention rules choices.
She chuckled and noted that at the moment she was concentrating on getting the new runway at Offutt. Which is understandable.
But very, very soon (May 2nd is the deadline) Nebraska state delegates will have to declare if they want to be candidates for the national convention in Cleveland.
While a decision on whether who they might vote for on the 3rd ballot would be an interesting position — the bigger one, right off, is how they would vote on a rule to expand the nomination candidacy field.
Ricketts, and Sasse and even Fischer won’t necessarily have to show their hands on this at the state convention — but it could be the first time of getting an inkling on where everyone stands on the great big issue coming in July.
Politico noted today that Democrat Rep. Brad Ashford reports to the FEC that he has raised about $312,000 in the the 1st Quarter of 2016 for his election campaign.
That gives him approximately $897K cash on hand right now.
Good numbers for Ashford, who was struggling at raising money early on. No word yet from his GOP counterparts.
Live from Lincoln
Governor Ricketts will have a press conference at 1:30pm today to talk about the recently passed LB 947, giving professional licenses to DREAMers, a/k/a illegal alien children, who came to the U.S. before they were 16.
You can see the presser live here.
No word on what this will be — likely a veto?
The word that Matt Damon will be backing Ricketts is purely a rumor.
BUT there is apparently some sort of Skype thing going on:
Will update the post as needed…
UPDATE: After an elaborate presser featuring 4 legal aliens who don’t like LB 947, Ricketts announces his veto of the bill. Unclear if the Gov think he can get past the 33 Yes votes. And if not…what’s the point of this? Who is he convincing? To what end?
Like you didn’t notice
But is it a coincidence that Damon and Alexander Payne are shooting their movie at La Casa’s on…Leavenworth St????
The implications there are pretty obvious.
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