Sometime as early as today you can expect Governor Dave Heineman to appoint a replacement to fill the seat of Mike Friend. Known contenders include Tim Lonergan who serves on the Metro Tech Board; Bob Krist, a retired military guy and pilot, and Jeff Miller who earlier planned on running for the position, pulled back because of health reasons and now has returned to the mix because of improved health expectations. Of the three, certainly Bob Krist is the most impressive.
Krist and Lonergan will fight for the seat no matter whom the governor appoints. The governor is under pressure by supporters like union chief Terry Moore to appoint Lonergan. Other Republican leaders have suggested that Krist is the best choice. Miller won't get the job because he won't run for it if he isn't appointed.
Where does this leave the governor? Well, perhaps with a dark horse female media type? Yes, we understand that he wants to appoint an Omaha reporter, Mary Williams, to fill the seat. If he does, her term will be short because she has no political base.