A last-minute decision has given Congressman Adrian Smith a challenger this year.
Democrat Mark Sullivan said he decided to file just before the deadline when he noticed that Congressman Smith, a Republican, was running unopposed for re-election.
“And I felt that the people in the Third District deserved a choice,” Sullivan told Tyson Havranek on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KHAS Radio’s Sunrise 60 Close-up. “I want to bring common sense, compromise, civility and courage to Congress, because this gridlock, stalling and partisanship are just really doing a lot of damage to this country.”
Sullivan, a fourth generation farmer, said the failure to pass the Farm Bill illustrates his point about what’s wrong with Congress.
“That Farm Bill was reasonably non-controversial. It absolutely should have been brought forward to the full House and debated and voted on,” Sullivan said. “It’s just unconscionable that something with that low level of controversy gets put off and put off and put off.”
Sullivan said he’s running to end that type of partisan gridlock in Congress.
“I have to say that both sides of the aisle are probably guilty of being excessively partisan,” Sullivan said.
Sullivan stated an elective official must think first about his constituents, not his party.
By Tyson Havranek, KHAS