Congressman Jeff Fortenberry says he thought long and hard about it but, in the end, decided against a run for United States Senate.
Fortenberry, a Republican, began considering the race after Democratic incumbent Senator Ben Nelson decided to retire from public office.
“Well, I gave it considerable discernment and it really did come down to a judgment call, but in my heart I concluded that I could not embrace the opportunity to run for the Senate at this point, but I’m very thankful to the many Nebraskans who gave me support and encouragement and input as well in that discernment process.” Fortenberry says.
Fortenberry says he looks forward to running for re-election in a Congressional district changed by redistricting. The First Congressional District has taken in the cities of Bellevue and Columbus as well as the counties of Platte and Polk.
As for some of the other names surfacing, Fortenberry says former Governor and United States Senate Bob Kerrey, a Democrat, would bring a great deal of stature to the race. Fortenberry adds, though, that Kerrey might find it more difficult to run in Nebraska now since he has been out of politics for so long. He says he doesn’t know whether Gov. Dave Heineman will decide to jump into the Republican primary.
Republicans Jon Bruning, Don Stenberg, Deb Fischer and Pat Flynn are the announced candidates for United States Senate.