LINCOLN – Attorney General Jon Bruning said today he will form an explatory committee for a possible campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2008.
Bruning, a Republican, said he will not run if Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., decided to seek re-election to a third term.
“I’m not a candidate,” Bruning said. “This is all about preparing for a ground game.”
We’ve long assumed this to be the case. But still, it comes as a bit of a surprise that he is doing this so soon after Hagel’s non-announcement. I’ve given up trying to guess what these things mean. But I’d put it at pretty good odds we’re looking at an open seat for U.S. Senate in 2008.
And lest we forget, Hal Daub, two-time Senate loser, former mayor of Omaha, and Republican power-player, also expressed serious interest in the race today. Oh, that we could see Fahey vs. Daub again. I might enjoy that.