November 26, 2014

McLeay says his experience could be useful in politicized Washington

A Republican running for the United States Senate seat being vacated by Mike Johanns says his experience in dispute resolution could come in handy in Washington.

Bart McLeay, an attorney with the Kutak-Rock law firm in Omaha, says he has learned a lot through the practice of law.

“When you talk to a jury, you don’t get to just argue to the Republicans in the jury box or just the Democrats in the jury box. You have to be able to work with and communicate to people up and the down the whole social, economic spectrum,” McLeay tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KWBE. “And I’ve learned a lot in that process in the last three decades.”

McLeay, campaigning throughout the state, says Congress needs people who can step up and resolve differences.

“I think the polarization comes, in part, from the language used by those involved,” according to McLeay. “I think we can use different language to try to accomplish the same result. People feel very strongly about their views and I think that should be respected.”

McLeay says his campaign will emphasize the need for more freedom to allow Americans to address the problems facing the country.

Republicans running for the seat being vacated by Johanns includes McLeay, former state Treasurer Shane Osborn, Midland University President Ben Sasse, and Omaha banker Sid Dinsdale. Democrats in the race include former Executive Director of the Center for Rural Affairs Chuck Hassebrook and state Sen. Annette Dubas of Fullerton.

By Doug Kennedy, KWBE