State Sen. Steve Lathrop of Omaha confirms he is considering a run for United States Senate, now that former U. S. Senator Bob Kerrey has decided against a return to politics.
Lathrop, a Democrat, says Kerrey’s decision does influence his.
“It influences me in this respect; if Sen. Kerrey was running, I would have been a supporter,” Lathrop tells Nebraska Radio Network. “But, now that he’s made the decision not to run, I’ll be taking a look at that and making some decision in the next few days.”
Lathrop says he would have supported a Kerrey campaign, but since Kerrey is out, he’s considering getting in.
“Well, certainly, I want to talk to people that have been encouraging me to run and there have been more of those calls, as you might expect, since this morning’s announcement,” Lathrop says. “So, I’ll be talking to some of those folks, talking to family and then we’ll have some announcement or some decision in the next few days.”
Lathrop says he must meet with family members to decide whether he can give the total commitment needed to run a campaign for United States Senate.
“I think that anytime you make a commitment to run for an office where so much is at stake as is the case with the United States Senate that it is a total commitment of your time. Between now and November, it would become, in my opinion, a total commitment,” according to Kerrey.
Lathrop says he will be talking with a lot of people to help make a decision. He has until February 15th to file.
AUDIO: Brent Martin interviews state Sen. Steve Lathrop about possible US Senate bid [1:50]