Tags: Jon Bruning

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


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

“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

Bob Kerrey Knows How to Insult a President!


Former Democratic Nebraska senator Bob Kerrey, who called President Bill Clinton “an unusually good liar” in 1996, declares his potential GOP rival in this year’s Senate race, Jon Bruning, disrespectful” because his recent ad refers to “Barack Obama” instead of “President Obama.”

I take it that if Bruning wins the nomination, every ad from the Kerrey camp will refer to his rival as “State Attorney General Bruning.”

David Zucker warned us about what happens when lawmakers get too wrapped up in always being referred to by their official titles:

Of course, it’s hard to give Kerrey much grief about his 1996 “unusually good liar” quote; in most libel cases, truth is a defense.

Tags: Bob Kerrey , Jon Bruning

Meet One of the Men Running Against the ‘Cornhusker Kickback’


Over on the home page, an interview with Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, who’s running for Senate in 2012, hoping to knock off Sen. Ben Nelson, well known for the “Cornhusker Kickback.”

I liked his answer when I asked him about law school writings that would have put him solidly on the liberal end of the political spectrum:

NRO: Your career spans almost two decades, so you have a lot of moments to choose from, but was there a key event in your transition from a liberal to a conservative?

BRUNING: They were the same ones that are common to a lot of young people. You begin to pay your first taxes and you wonder who FICA is and why he’s taking such a big chunk out of your paycheck. You fall in love and get married. All of those things happened for me about the same time. And when you start to think about the future of your family and wonder where your tax dollars are going and how they’re being spent, that can make a conservative out of you pretty quickly.I always hearken back to the old Churchill quote, “If you’re not a liberal at 20, you have no heart; if you’re not a conservative at 40, you have no brain.” I think that applies to a lot of us. There are certainly a number people who are fortunate enough to have their parents help pay for college, and they don’t think too much about where the money comes from and where it goes. I was one of those young people. Once my parents kicked me from the nest . . . a little personal responsibility will cause you to look at things in a different light very quickly.

Bruning is expected to face state Treasurer Don Stenberg in the GOP primary.

UPDATE: Don Stenberg made it official today.

Tags: Ben Nelson , Don Stenberg , Jon Bruning

Even This Guy Hated the Cornhusker Kickback!


Maybe I’m just a fan of humor, but this strikes me as one of the more enjoyable web ads in a long time:

The gist is that somewhere in Nebraska, the most gullible and special-deal-obsessed guy in the state could recognize that the Cornhusker Kickback was a bad deal.

The ad is for Nebraska attorney general Jon Bruning, who is running against Sen. Cornhusker Kickback Ben Nelson.

Tags: Ben Nelson , Jon Bruning

Bad News for Sen. Kickback. Er, You Know Who We Mean.


The latest numbers from Public Policy Polling suggest Sen. Cornhusker Kickback Ben Nelson is in as much trouble as you would expect: “Every poll released so far on the 2012 Nebraska Senate race has shown Ben Nelson in deep trouble and our numbers are no exception. Nelson trails Attorney General Jon Bruning 50-39 in a hypothetical contest and Treasurer Don Stenberg by a 45-41 margin.”

At this very early date, the Senate race in North Dakota looks promising for Republicans, as does Montana. Throw in Nebraska, and either Missouri (McCaskill) or Virginia (Webb) and Republicans would have 51 seats, presuming they lost none of their incumbents in 2012 (an open question, considering that Scott Brown is among those who will be facing the voters).

Tags: Ben Nelson , Don Stenberg , Jon Bruning

An 18-Letter Phrase Forever Linked to Ben Nelson


Speaking of those upper Midwestern Democrats, Nebraska Republican state AG Jon Bruning, who aims to take on incumbent Democrat Ben Nelson in that state’s 2012 Senate race, is debuting a new web site:

Easy to remember, huh?

Tags: Ben Nelson , Jon Bruning

One of Ben Nelson’s GOP Rivals Makes It Official


Nebraska attorney general Jon Bruning filed paperwork with FEC yesterday making his candidacy for U.S. Senate official. A formal announcement will come in a few weeks.

If he wins the primary, he’ll be taking on two-term incumbent Democrat Ben Nelson, famous for the “Cornhusker Kickback.”

A GOP poll shows Nelson in considerable trouble, albeit two years away from Election Day:

A new poll by a right-leaning consulting group released Dec. 22 shows Sen. Ben Nelson trailing a pair of potential challengers for the Senate seat in 2012.

Magellan Data and Mapping Strategies commissioned the poll of 1,789 “likely 2012 voters” and found Nelson’s overall approval rating at 43 percent.

The poll also showed that 52 percent of voters favored Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning in a race against Nelson (38 percent), while 46 percent favored State Treasurer Don Stenberg over Nelson (40 percent). An earlier poll commissioned by the Nebraska Republican Party showed Bruning with a 15 percent edge over Nelson in November.

Tags: Ben Nelson , Don Stenberg , Jon Bruning

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