It looks likely that the brewing Republican primary in Nebraska's 2014 gubernatorial race will see the state's governor and senior senator backing different candidates.
GOP Sen. Mike Johanns sang the praises of state legislature speaker Mike Flood during his weekly conference call with reporters, the Omaha World-Herald reports.
Johanns, saying that he was speaking on a government phone, stopped short of making an endorsement of Flood, who has already announced his candidacy for governor. The World-Herald:
But that didn’t stop him from heaping praise on Flood.
“I like Mike Flood a lot,” Johanns said. “I just think he has served this state so well over the last eight years.”
Johanns reflected on his own time as Nebraska governor and said whatever ideas he came up with, he still needed someone in the legislature to get them passed.
“We governors like to brag about what we’ve done with the budget and this and that and taxes and etcetera but the reality is if you don’t have a Mike Flood in the legislative body, those things don’t happen,” Johanns said. “And he was there the last eight years and got so many things passed and done and balanced budgets and didn’t borrow money and Mike can take a lot of credit for that.”
It's not the first time Johanns has praised Flood, saying back in August that he was a "pretty big fan" of the state legislator.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy also plans on running and is supported by GOP Gov. Dave Heineman, who is term-limited.