The deadline passed. He didn’t become a candidate.
Gov. Dave Heineman has chosen to remain governor and not run for United States Senate.
Speculation ended at 5pm Wednesday when Heineman, a Republican, decided not to make the short stroll from the governor’s office in the Capitol, down the hall to the Secretary of State’s office to file.
“Well, it wasn’t a tough decision at all, because I love being the governor this great state,” Heineman says.
Speculation about whether Heineman would or wouldn’t run for US Senate became great political theatre in Nebraska over the past few weeks. It heated up after news reports leaked from Washington that some high-powered Republicans in the nation’s capital urged Heineman to run. Some even speculated that former United States Sen. Bob Kerrey was delaying his decision to see if Heineman would file.
Throughout, Heineman declined to commit to the race or rule it out. He would only say he was listening to Nebraskans.
Heineman acknowledges he heard from more than a few.
“My bosses, the citizens of Nebraska, many of them asked me to take a look at the Senate race,” according to Heineman. “I tried to do that, but they were also very respectful that they appreciated the job we were doing right now and they wouldn’t be upset if I continued to do that.”
So, on Wednesday, he stuck with his job as governor.
“Never even thought about walking down to the Secretary of State’s office.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]