All Quiet on the Fischer Front as Money Rolls In

UPDATE 10/27/2017

A spokesman for Charles Herbster tells NCN: “Charles has zero interest in running against Senator Fischer. He is a supporter and will continue to support her in her re-election campaign.”

Omaha, NE.—It’s been nearly two weeks since Steve Bannon targeted Sen. Deb Fischer for defeat next year, two weeks of deafening silence from any possible opponents.

Privately there are at least four GOP names making the rounds: State Treasurer Don Stenberg, former State Treasurer Shane Osborn, State Sen. Mike Groene and Charles Herbster, who made a brief run for governor in 2013 and served as an agriculture adviser to President Trump during the 2016 campaign.

President Trump and Charles Herbster

News Channel Nebraska has been unable to reach any of them for comment.

In the meantime Fischer’s fundraising continues to roll up big dollars. Fischer holding a $3.5 million lead over Democrat Jane Raybould, according to the latest figures from the Federal Election Commission.

As of the end of September, Fischer—who has been collecting cash since 2013— had raised $3.7 million, spent $1.7 million and had nearly $2.1 million cash on hand.

Raybould—who started raising money when she announced her campaign in August—had raised $141,000, spent $24,000 and had nearly $117,000 cash on hand. Raybould’s fundraising includes a $25,000 loan “made by candidate.”

While all this is going on Politico reports that President Trump called Fischer this week and promised to back her against any challenger. Politico says Fischer would not comment on private conversations with the president.

During an October 9 on-camera interview Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist, said he is “declaring war” on the Republican establishment and called Fischer out by name.

According to Bannon, “Even safe incumbents like…Deb Fischer—they have to understand something. Just voting is not good enough. You have to have a sense of urgency….We are coming after all of them and we are going to win.”

During an exclusive August interview with News Channel Nebraska, Fischer put little if any daylight between herself and President Trump.

NCN: Your Republican colleague from Tennessee, Sen. Corker recently said the President lacks the stability needed to deal with a crises. Do you agree that the President lacks some stability?

Sen. Fischer: I’ve been impressed with President Trump’s administration.

Raybould is Fischer’s only opponent so far.

Stenberg and Osborn have both run and lost Senate races. Groene was elected to the Legislature in 2014. Herbster is considered to be a candidate wealthy enough to fund his own campaign.

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