Governor still weighing Senate race

2013-03-11T11:30:00Z 2013-05-25T18:01:25Z Governor still weighing Senate raceBy JoANNE YOUNG / Lincoln Journal Star

Gov. Dave Heineman said Monday he'll take the next month to decide whether he will run for U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns' seat in 2014.

He's taking a serious look. He's evaluating. But it's only March. And the election is more than a year-and-a-half away. The filing deadline is almost a year away.

"There's no rush on this one yet," he said.

Heineman said he wanted to understand whether Congress was willing to work with President Barack Obama and whether Obama was willing to work with the Congress in the future.

"There are very serious issues that confront this nation, especially fiscally," he said. "It's an area where I think Nebraska's been a model for the nation. I wish they would do things similarly to what we do."

He and his wife, Sally Ganem, want a little time to think about what the next phase in their life will be, he said.

Washington is a significant change in lifestyle. And it would mean going from being governor of Nebraska, where every day he can do something to move the state forward, he said, to a legislative pace that moves much slower.

And the job is more partisan, he said.

Governors lead and bring people together, he said, and ensure the state passes the appropriate legislation, especially as it relates to the budget and other key issues.

U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns announced in February he would not seek another term when his first term expires.

Heineman said he had no concerns about Republicans losing that seat, whether he runs or not. He feels good about the chances the state would elect another Republican for the seat, he said.

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