Fahey Encouraged to Eye Potential Vacancy

Posted February 13, 2007 at 10:29am

Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey (D) is considering running for Senate in 2008, telling the Omaha World-Herald he likely would launch a bid if Sen. Chuck Hagel (R) does not run for re-election.

In town last month for a mayors conference, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman and Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman Charles Schumer (N.Y.) pitched Fahey about running, Omaha’s chief executive said in an interview.

“They talked to me about the Senate race, and they were very complimentary,” Fahey said. “They said all the right things.”

Hagel is considering a presidential bid and has left open the possibility of pursuing that in lieu of seeking re-election to the Senate. However, he has the option of running for both simultaneously and could choose to seek the GOP presidential nomination without immediately forgoing his Senate seat.

— David M. Drucker