Guys, you probably already know that Sen. Ben Sasse has accepted the appointment to become the University of Floriduh’s president (in a rigged election, no less!) and so jockeying for his replacement has become something of an in-house horse race, as Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie tells us:
WHAT’S NEXT IN NEBRASKA — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts isn’t going to appoint himself to the Senate when Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) leaves for his new gig in Florida. But when his term as governor is up in January, he’s not opposed to being appointed by the next guy.
How convenient: “I won’t feather my own nest, but I’d like you (the next governor of the Cornhusker State is expected to be Ricketts-endorsed Republican Jim Pillen) to do it for me.”
Unlike a handful of other governors who have passed on opportunities to make the jump to the Senate, Rickets spoke fondly of the upper chamber in an interview with Jordain this week in Lincoln, Neb.
“Small unmarked, non-sequential bills,” he did not say, shyly, to amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell:
That tepid positivity is enough to excite Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), chair of the Senate GOP campaign arm. They’ve both been courting the outgoing governor.
There is a club. You are not in it.