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Nebraska Senate Draft Movement Shows Heineman's Clout

photo of Julie Sobel
May 15, 2013

It must feel good to be drafted to run for office. But it may feel less good to be drafted explicitly as a back-up plan.

Former Nebraska GOP chair Mark Fahleson tweeted a link to a Facebook page "drafting" Ben Sasse to run for retiring Sen. Mike Johanns' seat -- but only if Gov. Dave Heineman passes on the race first. "For most of us, Gov. Dave Heineman is our 1st choice to succeed Sen. Mike Johanns," the newly created page reads. "But Gov. Heineman has not made his decision. If Dave chooses not to run, for those of us who care deeply about our country Ben Sasse is the answer. DRAFT BEN SASSE!"

Sasse serves as president of Nebraska's Midland University. According to his bio on the university's website, he also served as Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Bush.

Heineman has indicated he's still thinking over whether to enter the race, with his spokesperson telling Roll Call in a story today that the governor has been speaking with former governors who became senators, and that he plans to decide whether to run in the next month.

The Sasse "draft" is further evidence that the potential GOP field is frozen while Heineman makes up his mind. If the governor decides against a bid, expect a crowded GOP primary for the open seat in the red Cornhusker State.

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