Secretary Johanns is the former Governor of Nebraska and is still immensely popular in his home state. The Secretary has been the Agriculture Secretary for President Bush since 2005 and has become widely known for his listening tour related to the farm bill. He is a staunch supporter of American Agriculture and would be a great addition to the Senate.
A news round up of the story:
Channel 3 News Omaha, NE- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns won't say whether he's interested in running for Chuck Hagel's U.S. Senate seat in 2008. The former Republican Nebraska governor is in Omaha to talk about the prospects for ethanol and other biofuels.
He says he won't make any political announcements while he's in his home state this weekend. Johanns says he's learned that it doesn't help in Washington to speculate about what you might do next.
Hagel has announced that he will not seek a third term in the Senate, leaving the seat open in the 2008 race.
Washington Post Blog -
The Republican side appears to be shaping up as a primary between state Attorney General Jon Bruning and former Gov. Mike Johanns.
Johanns appears to be the preferred choice of many national Republicans but Bruning has been running for months (he had planned to primary Hagel) and has a following in Nebraska.
"He was prepared to run against a two-term incumbent United States Senator - I think he's proven that he's not afraid of a challenge," said Bruning campaign manager Jordan McGrain. "Jon Bruning is in this race to win and will take on all comers, including Mike Johanns."