Omaha Sen. Steve Lathrop told Nebraska Watchdog he isn’t ruling anything out regarding his political plans in 2014 – including a possible run for Congress.
Lathrop has previously said he’s very interested in running for governor in 2014. The Democrat seriously considered running for the U.S. Senate this year, but ultimately decided against it.
Now there’s some speculation that this month’s election results may nudge him in the direction of a congressional race, given the fact that even a big name candidate like Bob Kerrey struggled in a statewide race.
“I keep hearing that and I don’t know the basis for that,” Lathrop said Monday, but added, “I haven’t ruled anything out. I don’t feel obliged to make a decision right away. I’ve spent a good deal of time talking to different people about how I might serve when my term is up.”
In February, Lathrop said he preferred the environment of the state capitol over the hyperpartisan atmosphere in Congress.
And while he was sounding more like a gubernatorial candidate as recently as September, now he’s leaving enough wiggle room to change his mind. Regarding a possible run for Congress, he said, “People have talked about that. I’ve had some people talk to me about it.”
One thing is for certain, he said: “I enjoy this type of service.”
Already in the race for governor are two Republicans Lathrop calls friends: Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy and Speaker Mike Flood.
Lathrop was elected to the Legislature in 2006, re-elected in 2010 and will be term-limited out of the Legislature in 2014. He is perhaps best known for his work chairing the Developmental Disabilities Special Investigative Committee, which worked to improve the quality of care for people with developmental disabilities, particularily at the state home in Beatrice.
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