The latest name for the Democratic Nebraska Governor candidate:
Mark Lakers, President of Ag and Food Associates a middle market merger and acquisition investment bank in Omaha. Previously of McCarthy and Co and First National Bank.
We are hearing that this is the guy Dems want to challenge Dave Heineman.
Laker's list of contributions to various Democrat candidates is lengthy (query his name at the FEC site here). $2000 to Jim Esch for Congress. $5,000ish to Obama for Prez. $500 to Nebraska Democrats. (And a grand each to Mike Johanns and Jon Bruning, just to be on the safe side.)
If they can bring him in, he'd be an interesting candidate: Banker. Ag guy. Cash.
Based on his comments, we thinks that Randy Adkins had a little background knowledge of Senor Lakers when KPTM spoke to him last.
Local political experts like UNO Political Science Professor Randy Adkins say it could actually prove beneficial if Democrats are able to find a candidate in the next couple of weeks that comes from a non–political background. He says that is especially true if the person comes from private industry.If Dems can pull him in, guarantee they will get very excited.
"The benefit they have is their own political network of donors, and maybe even their own money," says Adkins.
You can look at the OWH, LJS and NW stories on this (which all were published MUCH later in the day...cough! cough!), though all say pretty much the exact same things...
**UPDATE 9:00am Friday, 2/19/10**
And "LakersForGovernor.com" has been registered!
Just yesterday, Mark Lakers of 17643 Douglas Circle, Omaha, Nebraska 68818, at af-advisors.com, signed it up through GoDaddy.com.
Things may be in motion, kiddies.
**Update 10:00am 2/19/10**
We should also add, that Lakers was a Tom Osborne guy (i.e. not a Dave Heineman guy) back in the 2006 primary -- having given T.O. a $1,000.
**Update at noon 2/19/10**
Lakers has filed.