By Deena Winter | Nebraska Watchdog
Fremont Sen. Charlie Janssen said today he’s seriously considering running for governor of Nebraska in 2014 and is close to making a decision.
“I’ve been seriously considering it for some time,” he told Nebraska Watchdog. “I’ve been touring the state and I’ve been talking to strong conservatives.”
Janssen is known for his tough stances on illegal immigration and has pushed for legislation requiring people to present identification before voting.
“I have very deep convictions in the Republican Party,” he said. “I’m not afraid to face a challenge even when it may not be popular.”
Janssen served in the Navy and was a member of the Fremont City Council before being elected to the Legislature in 2008.
He said Speaker Mike Flood’s recent departure from the race – after his wife was diagnosed with cancer – hasn’t played a role in his decision-making. In fact, he sat down with Flood and discussed his intentions about six weeks ago. He also discussed it with Flood when they were both in western Nebraska last summer.
“I’ve been all over the state,” Janssen said. “I’ve been traveling all over as part of my legislative duties.”
Janssen said he has nothing against the Republican already in the race – Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy, who has the backing of the governor, who cannot run again due to term limits.
“My decision is not based on who may be in or who may not be in,” he said.
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