Is Mike Johanns a Hal Daub man? It would seem so.
Daub is holding a fund raiser in Washington, D.C. on February 26th, and Senator Johanns is listed as a "special guest" at the event. That doesn't mean he'll be going door to door for Hal, but it's a pretty good indication of who he supports.
Remember too that Daub dropped out of the Senate race back in September of 2007 as the momentum of the Johanns Juggernaut was forming. At the time, Daub pledged his support for Johanns.
With all of his bipartisan leanings these days, wonder if Rock Star Ben Nelson will stop by...
**UPDATE 1:15 pm**
On the Scott Voorhees show on KFAB yesterday, Daub stated that Johanns is "endorsing and supporting" his candidacy for Mayor. Daub also denied any quid-pro-quo with Johanns after he dropped out of the Senate race.
The other day KMTV's Joe Jordan was trying to make a case for another Democrat to jump into the Omaha Mayor's race.
His theory was that if another Dem jumped in, that would in essence make it a partisan primary between Republicans Daub and Vokal, and Suttle and the other Dem.
He went on to say, "With Vokal's ability to pick off Democrats likely to drop, one could easily argue that Daub, who has a load of markers among Omaha Republicans, beats Vokal."
Hmm. Except that if we're talking about the general, then that doesn't make any sense.
If we're talking about the primary -- well, Vokal's poll (which Jordan was referencing) already shows Daub beating Vokal in the primary.
It could, in theory, mean Vokal gets fewer Dem votes and then loses to Suttle. But that doesn't make any sense by those numbers.
Anyway, as near as we can tell, Jordan's main point was to bring in another Democrat.
Our sources tell us that the other Dem who is attempting to dial for dollars is attorney and OPPD board member John Green.
But our guess is that it is probably too late for Green to make a realistic run. Anything's possible, we suppose, but we just don't see it happening.
Today is the deadline for incumbent City Council candidates to file for office.
Frank Brown, Garry Gernandt, Franklin Thompson and Chuck Sigerson have all filed.
Jim Suttle, Jim Vokal and Dan Welch are not running for re-election.
The deadline for non-incumbents to file is March 2nd. We'll try to have some sort of update on the bazillion Omahans who want to be on the City Council at that time.