Speaking with News Channel Nebraska‘s Joe Jordan earlier in the week (and is it just me or does “sandhillsexpress.com” need a new URL?), Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert put forward a couple of tantalizing plans for her political future.
After completely shutting down any ideas of her running for the House or Senate, she left another two open:
1) Running to become the first 3-term Mayor in Omaha
2) Running for Governor in 2022.
The Mayor’s 2nd term will be up in 2021.
And other than having the job that arguably has more effect on people’s daily lives than any other elected position, there are a few other “political” perks:
When you run, it’s a bang-bang Primary and General. No one likes raising money and no one really likes the forever campaigns that take an entire year. The public’s focus only really lasts so long, and having the Primary and General only a month apart is an attractive part of running for Mayor.
The other is the idea of being the longest serving Mayor in Omaha history. You’ve heard that mentioned about Dave Heineman as Nebraska Governor, and he is likely to be in the record books for some time (note that he took over after Mike Johanns left to become Ag Secretary, so his two terms were on top of that, before being term-limited).
Being a two-term Mayor — and the first woman to do so — is significant, but being a THREE term Mayor would solidify her place in Omaha history.
Ah but what of the 2022 Governor’s race?
It will (likely) be an open seat. And the Republican primary is often the real battle for the race. Any of those dynamics could change, but coming from one of the top political offices in the state would be a good jumping-off point.
And if Stothert made that decision, she would most very likely not be running for re-election in 2021, instead turning her full attention to 2022.
She’ll have a few years before decisions will need to be made, but the options on the table are interesting.
And we’ll only have to wait three years to find out!
Murante for Treasurer
Well, the waiting is no-longer for State Senator John Murante of
Big Fred’s Gretna.
He will be making an announcement on his future political plans at 10:30am on Monday the 24th in the Capitol rotunda.
The word is State Treasurer, as has been noted here before.
We haven’t heard much yet from the other person who already has a web site up, Taylor Royal.
Royal has a site up under “TaylorJRoyal.com“, and an early Google ad had it up as his State Treasurer site. But he side-stepped that when asked, and now the site has a timer on it, ticking down to 31+ days.
Which means it’s up on either August 21st or 22nd (my math’s not that good).
So either he’ll be announcing near one of those days….OR he is REALLY looking forward to the Solar Eclipse, and he’s just getting us all ready.
Question will be if anyone else wants to jump in that GOP Primary.
Eyes on August
As the Health Care debate rages on, reporters are trying to tug info from the various players. Senator Ben Sasse is all for the “repeal now, then figure something else out later” approach. Some, like Rand Paul, favor that plan (though Jonah Goldberg for one questions the sincerity of Paul‘s position).
Yesterday on her weekly call with reporters (which, by the way, not every Senator does, by any means) Senator Deb Fischer was cagey about what she wants out of a Health Care proposal.
She noted that the Senate will likely start with the House version, then start the amendment process. She also noted that she would prefer repeal and replace at the same time.
During the call, she took a moment to note that the biggest issue she hears from constituents is the issue of affordability. She noted that people have found their premiums skyrocketing and their deductibles over the moon.
Pretty sure that’s not what was promised under Obamacare.
Could be an exciting August.
And for your watching pleasure, check out this video from Prager University on why Government Can’t Fix Healthcare. (Hint: it needs to be market based.)
Nearly all of the Prager U videos are great. Pick your favorite on any subject and you’ll be enriched in a few minutes.
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