Some heavy hitters in the Omaha business community are sticking with Democratic U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson.
The names of people set to host a Nelson fundraiser tonight reads like a who’s who from the city’s business players, including Warren Buffett, billionaire investor; W. David Scott, an Omaha businessman and son of billionaire Walter Scott Jr.; Michael Yanney, Omaha businessman and philanthropist; and Fred Hawkins of Hawkins Construction.
The list also includes the leaders of Union Pacific and Valmont Industries of Omaha.
The idea that the metro business community would abandon Nelson in this election was “wishful thinking” by Nebraska Republicans, said Paul Johnson, Nelson’s campaign manager.
The senator’s fundraiser, expected to raise about $200,000, will be held at the Omaha Country Club. It is one of many signs that point to a 2012 campaign by Nelson, considered by many observers as one of the nation’s most vulnerable Democrats.
Nelson has said he plans to run, although no final decision has been made. If he does, the race could be one of the costliest in Nebraska’s history.
So far, three Republicans have entered the race: Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg, Attorney General Jon Bruning and Schuyler businessman Pat Flynn. A fourth is likely. State Sen. Deb Fischer of Valentine has said she plans to make her decision public soon.
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