Friday, October 23, 2009
A third Republican candidate has entered the race to become state Treasurer.
And that is good news for Don Stenberg.
When former head of the Nebraska state patrol, Tom Nesbitt, entered the race yesterday, he immediately began taking votes away from state Senator Tony Fulton. Why?
Because no one knows who Fulton is. Sure maybe YOU do, but you're sitting there reading a Nebraska political blog. The average Nebraskan who will make the effort to vote in the 2010 GOP primary? Maybe not so much.
The advantage that Fulton will hope for is that, as it stands now, very few people will make the effort to vote in the primary.
Sure the Lee Terry and Matt Sak supporters will have to get off their duffs in May, but the rest of the state? When the only race to vote on is Treasurer? It will be a lot easier to just go home and catch Dancing with the Idols, or whatever is on.
What about the average voter, who will go out and vote anyway? They've heard of Don Stenberg. And that could be enough to float Stenberg the lead.
Tony Fulton's problem -- or Tom Nesbitt's, assuming he can pull together a campaign -- will be that those folks who don't like Donny Sten will have another non-Stenberg box from which to choose.
And if others choose to jump in the race? Just more dilution of the non-Stenberg votes.
That's the reality -- right now anyway. Unless Fulton can whip together a hell of a campaign and really get his people to the polls. But it ain't gonna be easy.
And who is Tom Nesbitt? Interesting story on him.
He is the first Nebraska state patrol sergeant to rise to the top spot of the state patrol -- placed there by Mike Johanns. He even took time off and then campaigned for Johanns on behalf of the union.
But when Dave Heineman came into office, Heineman wanted "his own person in the job".
Nesbitt then worked for a time -- in the state Treasurer's office.
But he left that gig -- to work on Tom Osborne's Gubernatorial campaign against Dave Heineman.
So then in January 2008, Nesbitt moves to Canton, Ohio and is named public safety to prevent all the crime perpetrated by hobbled men walking around in yellow sports jackets.
He then resigned from that gig in July of this year in a huff due to an undisclosed disagreement with the Canton Mayor who originally placed him.
He has now moved back to Nebraska and wants a better seat in the Treasurer's office (and has found himself a pair of those rectangular frames).
No word as to whether T.O. will endorse him (but wouldn't THAT be a coup).
We have yet to hear about anyone else getting in the Treasurer's race -- on either side of the aisle.
Posted by Street Sweeper at 9:35 AM