Thursday, January 08, 2009

Welch won't run for Mayor

Outgoing City Council President, Dan Welch, will not run for Mayor of Omaha in 2009.

Welch responded to Leavenworth Street that:
"I have some professional obligations that I thought would be resolved by now. Unfortunately that has not happened.

As a result I can’t commit the kind of time that would be necessary to run an effective Mayoral campaign. I don’t expect that I will free up in time to make a bid."
Welch would certainly have made the race interesting, and it's possible there was still room for a fourth major candidate.

However, being the third, and last, Republican to get in would have hurt Welch's ability to raise the proper amount of funds for the race. Many contributors have already picked sides and it would have been difficult for Welch to raise the cash he needed.

We've felt that Welch really wanted to represent Nebraska's Second District in Congress, and had Jim Esch pulled it off in November, Welch would probably be raising money for a run for that office right now.

However, it would be extremely unlikely for Welch to challenge Lee Terry, so it waits to be seen where Welch goes next politically.

We wish him well and look forward to seeing him down the road.

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Anonymous said...

Oh come on Dan! Run against Lee Terry! SOMEONE has to! You'd be able to beat him easily.

Anonymous said...

Dan, I know a great campaign manager that loves to trash fellow Republicans in the primary. You still can run for congress!!!

Anonymous said...

Maybe Van will run. Van is our man.

Anonymous said...


You've got to continue to serve in public office. We need more people like you. run against Lee!

Anonymous said...

Dan, please run against Lee Terry

Anonymous said...

I guess I don't watch local politics as closely as many of you folks, but what spectacular things has Welch done for us? I'm sure he's a nice guy and all...but really...what has he done?

Anonymous said...

This is the Vote third party guy/Ron Paul sign guy.
Maybe I should run against Lee Terry. All I have to do is proclaim I would vote the same way as Ron Paul does!
Ron Paul has been right about everything for awhile now.....and eventually when the country is broke etc.....people will realize it.

OmaSteak said...

No Welch = no loss to Omaha. Welch wouldn't have brought anything new to the Mayoral race and during his time on the city council, he was scared to death of Landow/Fahey.

3rd floor watcher said...

Lots of people wearing Daub Stickers at the Republican State Party Meeting...Not a Vokal supporter in the house

Anonymous said...

Dan Welch should run against Ben Nelson for Senate.

Anonymous said...

Dan should have Liz Vokal do his commercials.