Former Douglas County Republican Chairman Brian Buescher has filed as a candidate for Attorney General.
Buescher says he would like to use his experience as a lawyer with an Omaha firm representing agricultural interest against federal regulations in the office.
“And, as Attorney General, I want to focus on pushing back on overreaching federal regulation and that particular aspect, which is an important aspect of the job these days, is one of the main reasons I’ve decided to get in this race,” Buescher says.
Buecher leads the agribusiness litigation team at Kutak Rock of Omaha.
Buescher says his experience in representing farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses in legal battles with the federal government separates him from others seeking the office.
“I’ve actually done it. I’ve represented clients in fighting the EPA. I’ve represented clients fighting the Interior Department,” according to Buescher. “I have a good idea on how to do it and I’ve had some success at it and that is exactly why I am different, in my view, from the other candidates.”
The office of Nebraska Attorney General is being vacated by Jon Bruning, who has decided to run as a Republican for governor.
Buescher rejects the suggestion made by United States Attorney General Eric Holder that state attorneys general do not have to defend bans on same-sex marriage.
Buescher, who says he supports traditional marriage, says the job of the Attorney General is to defend state law, whether he agrees with it or not.
“One thing I will be if elected is a principled Attorney General, rather than a political one,” Buescher says. “I’m a rule of law person. We have laws in this state and they need to be enforced and I will enforce them. And I’m going to do so in a reasonable manner, but it’s not going to be me going in cherry-picking the laws that I like and don’t like and enforcing the ones that I like and don’t like.”
Kevin Thoms, KLIN, contributed to this article.