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Ex-Cole commander could command attention in CD 2 race

All the pundits and speculators are speculating over who will run for Heller’s congressional seat in northern and rural Nevada if/when he runs for Senate.

Sharron Angle – who ran for the seat in 2006 and lost to Heller before losing to Bill Raggio for his state Senate in 2008 and then losing to Harry Reid in the U.S. Senate race in 2010 – is also all-but-officially announced.

Ditto Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki and former state Sen. Mark Amodei, who stepped down from his post as head honcho of the Nevada GOP yesterday who’s expected to step down as party chair almost the minute Heller announces for Senate.

And if all three run and split a significant portion of the GOP primary vote, keep your eyes on a potential dark horse candidate, Kirk Lippold, whose fresh face, Reagan conservatism and military experience as the commander of the USS Cole when it was attacked by terrorists in 2000 might just catch fire with the kind of GOP activists who vote in primaries.

Lippold impresses conservative audiences wherever he speaks…and he’s been speaking all over the state for the last year or so.