Attorney General Jon Bruning says he will not run for governor in 2014.
“I love being Attorney General. I’m not running for governor,” Bruning responded when asked about a possible run for governor during a news conference in his Capitol office.
Bruning lost in the Republican primary for United States Senate in 2012. Considered the front-runner at the beginning of the primary, Bruning lost in a close race to state Sen. Deb Fischer who went on to defeat Democrat Bob Kerrey to win the seat.
Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy, who has the backing of Gov. Dave Heineman, has declared his intention to succeed his boss in 2014. Heineman must leave office due to term limits.
Former Speaker of the Legislature, Sen. Mike Flood of Norfolk, had entered the race, but withdrew when his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Bruning indicated he is preparing a run for re-election, but said it wasn’t the time to make a formal announcement.
“I love being Attorney General and I’m grateful to the people of Nebraska for letting me serve them,” Bruning stated.
Bruning acknowledged that he had been approached about running for governor. Bruning cast doubt on whether he would ever run for another office.
“You find a place where you think you’re doing well and making a difference. Maybe this is where I belong.”
AUDIO: Attorney General Jon Bruning tells reporters he’s not running for governor in 2014. [2 min.]