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No 2014 Bids for Nebraska’s Bruning or Pennsylvania’s Kane



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A pair of state attorney generals announced that they don’t want to run for governor in their states in 2014.

First, Republican Jon Bruning in Nebraska, who ran for the U.S. Senate in 2012, courtesy the good folks at WatchDog.org:

“I love being attorney general,” he said in response to a question during a press conference during which he unveiled proposed legislation. “I’m not running for governor. I’m doing my job. I love my job.”

Bruning lost a bruising Republican primary last year for the U.S. Senate — where underdog state Sen. Deb Fischer benefitted from attack ads against Bruning by outside groups that questioned his ethics and business investments.

But Bruning said he’s thrilled to be Nebraska’s attorney general and wakes up happy every day. He said he’s “preparing to run for re-election” as attorney general, but added “it’s too early to talk about that.”

Incumbent Republican Governor Dave Heineman is term-limited.

Second, Democrat Kathleen Kane in Pennsylvania; some Democrats thought she would make a strong challenger to incumbent Republican governor. Tom Corbett.

“I pledged in my campaign and I continue to pledge today I am not running for anything. I am thrilled to be elected attorney general,” she said.

During her campaign, Kane said she would not run for another political office while serving as attorney general. She said doing so can color prosecutions.

However, at last month’s Pennsylvania Society weekend in New York City, an annual gathering of political movers and shakers, she said she did get a few nudges to consider it at some point.

But she dismissed the idea of running for governor in 2014.

She said, “Everyone knows what I said and they pretty much know when I say something I mean it.”


Tags: Jon Bruning , Kathleen Kane


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