Leavenworth St. has learned that United States Senator Deb Fischer will have a Democrat challenger.
We are told that Lincoln City Councilwoman Jane Raybould will announce on Saturday that she will be a candidate for the Democrat nomination for the U.S. Senate in 2018. Raybould was the Democrat nominee for Lt. Governor, with running mate Chuck Hassebrook, in 2014.
According to an extensive June 2017 LJS story about Raybould, (wasn’t that a coincidence…) Raybould spent over 20 years working and living in Washington, D.C. Now she seems to be itching to get back.
Well, soon after hearing about Raybould’s venture into the Senate campaign arena, another contact suggested that Raybould’s real plan isn’t even the Senate. Word is that she is realistic about her chances against Nebraska’s well-liked and respected Senior Senator. (i.e. Not good chances.)
So what’s the REAL plan?
Build up her name ID in 2018…and run for Jeff Fortenberry’s Congressional seat in 2020.
Well…it’s a plan…maybe.
In any case, Raybould has shown that she is gung-ho for playing politics in Lincoln. Earlier this year, she and her husband provided the seed money for a Super PAC…to elected select candidates to the Lincoln City Government. (She even has something in common with the Koch brothers!)
Why she and her husband, along with the Mayor of Lincoln, found the need to go top-secret Super PAC, instead of simply donating to the candidate or party is unknown. (Maybe she isn’t that into the party…)
We will presumably be hearing more about Raybould in the next few days. (And btw, the countdown clock at JaneRaybould.com is set to explode around 1am on Friday morning…) It will be interesting to see how much the national Democrats get behind her as well.
A third in the 2nd?
On the House front in Nebraska’s 2nd District, Leavenworth St. is also hearing rumblings of a THIRD candidate on the Democrat side.
Currently there is former Congressman Brad Ashford, the conventional front-runner and prefered choice of the national Democrats. They know him, know he has name ID, and know he can raise money.
But local Democrats also know that he’s not really “one of them”.
He has been known to deny the Democrats three times before the cock crows (I hate ObamaCare! I like Jeb Bush! I’ll be in whatever party you want me to be!) And he spent lots of time diving towards the middle in the last election, only to come up short.
So now there is an arguably bona-fide Democrat in the race in Kara Eastman. Whether or not she inspires hard-core Democrats in the district is one thing. But whether that translates to any real name ID or fundraising is another.
Could she beat Ashford? It’s possible.
But if another candidate jumps in? Unless that person has super name ID and fundraising abilities (the one we heard about lacks both), all that will happen is the third candidate would split the anti-Ashford vote. And Ashford skates into the General.
Depending on your outlook, that may be a good thing or a bad thing. But that’s the reality from these seats. We will have to wait and see what and who comes forward in the next few weeks and months.