Political Insiders Report wrote a piece several months ago about how the 2014 Nebraska Governor’s Race was shaping up and how State Senator Mike Flood would impact this race. That article can be viewed by clicking here. Political Insiders Report, Editor in Chief, Chris Scott was also on KFAB 1100 with Crash Davis last week discussing this race. That interview can be heard by clicking here. We also wanted to get the take of a former Nebraska Gubernatorial candidate. Below is former candidate Mike Meister’s thoughts on the 2014 Nebraska Governor’s race.
The 2014 Governor’s Race by Mike Meister
The dust has barely settled on the 2012 Presidential race. We have idiots running around pushing for secession because they can’t accept that their side lost. In many circles, and particularly among my fellow veterans, this constitutes treason. All of this is going on and I have been asked to look at the 2014 race for Nebraska’s Governor as a “former” candidate for the position. At the outset any person who is considering a run for Governor would immediately ingratiate himself to the majority of the Nebraska electorate by shouting these nut balls down. Unfortunately, not one Nebraska leader or would be leader has the courage to do so for fear that they might lose a vote or two. Is this really what the state of our elected politics has come down too? Ah well… The number one issue facing Nebraska is what will happen to our Congressional representation in the next census. In other words, how do you grow the 3rd Congressional District in order to keep Nebraska’s votes at the Federal level? We will hear the same tired slogans about “cutting taxes.” Infrastructure costs money. Speaker Flood wants to build roads and make sure K-12 education is supreme yet he wants to cut taxes. Perhaps the Speaker should go back to fifth grade and relearn that subtracting from the bank account doesn’t leave you money to buy the things you need. Perhaps Lt. Governor Sheehy can explain for us how the foster care system collapsed under his and Governor Heineman’s tenure. Perhaps he can explain how the call centers have lined the pockets of donors with taxpayer money while degrading service to those Nebraskans that need it most. Maybe, at long last, we will find out why this administration allowed the tragedy at Beatrice State Development Center to occur. Maybe, but I doubt it. On the Democratic side of the equation we have, drum roll please, no one. Leading contenders are former Regent Chuck Hassebrook, State Senator Steve Lathrop and Mayor Chris Buetler. What many do not realize is that history does not favor a Democratic candidate for an open seat. In fact, at no time in Nebraska history has a Democrat won an open seat for Governor. I am not sure I see any of these gentlemen stepping up to the plate and perhaps they should keep their powder dry until 2018. Talking about the governor’s race in 2014 just seems a tad premature. Check with me next July and let’s see where we are then.