Profiling Team Romney: Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman
by Susanne Retka Schill (Biodiesel Magazine) If Republican candidate Mitt Romney wins the election, there’s a good chance Nebraska will once again send a native son to Washington to serve in the president’s cabinet. Last time, it was Mike Johanns, who left the state governorship to become Secretary of Agriculture under President Bush in 2005. This time, Nebraskans are saying that Johanns’ replacement in the governor’s office, Dave Heineman, is on the shortlist for potential cabinet appointees.
…Michael Kelly, writing for the Omaha World-Herald, quoted those saying education or commerce would be good fits, but ethanol industry insiders from Nebraska are saying that agriculture would be the better post.
…“Romney and the Republican party also support the RFS mandate, according to Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb. ‘There needs to be new ways to use that product [ethanol] and take the next steps in terms of science and in terms of using other things to produce ethanol other than corn,’ he added.”
Other highlights reported from the forum include a discussion regarding regulation where Johanns said Romney would practice a “time-out” on new regulations, calling them a “wet blanket over the economy.” READ MORE