Immediately following the mid-term elections in November, speculation ended regarding whether the Governor Dave Heineman – Ben Nelson media sparring would result in a 2012 election showdown for one of Nebraska’s US Senate seats. By the end of election week, Nebraskans were then informed, just-re-elected Attorney General Jon Bruning had formed an exploratory committee.
In my November 8 article, “Jon Bruning Announces Bid For Senate – We Should Listen To Our Mommas“, considering it was two full years before the 2012 general election and some of Bruning’s very large campaign contributions in an uncontested race were a bit disquieting, it seemed prudent to heed the advice in the song “Shop Around”, so we aren’t “sold on the very first one”; there would very likely be other candidates.
And other candidates, there certainly are. State Treasurer-elect (at the time of his announcement) Don Stenberg announced his candidacy, actually bringing the total candidates in the GOP primary race for the seat to three. Turns out, Schulyer investment and insurance advisor Pat Flynn, had registered his candidacy with the Federal Election Commission in 2009. June 18th (2011) added to the number of candidates with an announcement from 31 year old Omaha truck driver Spencer Zimmerman.
As noted in the Lincoln Journal Star’s report about Zimmerman, State Senator Deb Fischer, of Valentine, was expected to announce her candidacy. Leavenworth Street, a popular site maintained by the mysterious (and often snarky) “Street Sweeper” reported on Monday that Fischer would make her announcement today.
Due to my “hiatus”, we are obviously behind in keeping to the pledge made back in November that we would share information we’ve gathered on all the candidates. While there is much to report about the GOP primary and its growing field of candidates, for the moment, I’ll point people to a document we’ve just released regarding GiN’s policy on primary elections; click HERE to read it online. We’ll continue “playing catch up” from here on out.
Meanwhile, since Senator Fischer’s announcement is expected today, we’ll at least share some information about her by providing a number of informative links (thanks to Linda!):
Follow the Money
Career Profile (Ms. Fischer’s contributor lists for 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010 are linked from here.)
Project Vote Smart
Nebraska Chapter, National Federation of Independent Business
Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom
Link to overall ratings for 2008 (Note: The highest rating given to any state senator was 59.4%; Ms. Fischer’s was third highest at 52.8%)