Kansas Sen. Derek Schmidt (left) and former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel discuss plans for additional campaign stops. Hagel endorsed Schmidt in the race for Kansas AG in August 2010. (Photo: Leavenworth Times)

Hagel, Omaha and elections

In 1988, Chuck Hagel met Mike McCarthy on a fishing trip.

They became fast friends and as Hagel later said, “It was one of those things that happens with friends. The chemistry was just right.”

Hagel shortly thereafter accepted an offer from McCarthy to serve on the board of American Information Systems (AIS), a small Omaha voting machine company.