Beers: I'm out for 2014

I had an extensive interview Thursday with Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Beers for a freelance piece I am working on and he told me he will not be on the ballot in 2014.

After floating his name – and having it floated – for lieutenant governor, Beers told me the Republicans “are going to be fine without my running.” Beers said he is “having a lot of fun” at City Hall (you can tell he is), but that he considered the lieutenant governor’s race as a “call to duty” because of the possibility Gov. Brian Sandoval will leave the state in 2016 to run against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid or take an appointment.

But, Beers said, he also had to balance that with “the folks who just put me here (City Council, where he was elected last year).” Beers said he has learned in his career “not to use absolute qualifiers,” but insisted he is “not planning on running for office in 2014."

Remember he has experienced primaries before where he went up against an anointed candidate (Mark Hutchison this time) -- governor, 2006. It wasn't a pleasant experience.

Beers clearly also has been pushed to consider jobs he is obviously qualified to hold -- the CPA has been talked about for controller and treasurer. But he just doesn't seem interested.

At least not yet.