Gov. Dave Heineman says he’s ready to work with a new legislature come January, even though many of the candidates he backed didn’t win.
Heineman, a Republican, actively promoted a handful of candidates running for the officially non-partisan Unicameral. Most lost. Four candidates Heineman backed in the Omaha and Lincoln areas lost close races.
Heineman says that won’t alter his agenda in the legislative session that begins in January.
“I always view elections just like an athletic contest,” Heineman tells reporters. “We’re going to go out and we’re going to compete. When the election is over, just like a game, you shake hands, you go forward on behalf of the people of Nebraska and that’s what we’ll continue to do.”
Heineman says that while the winning candidates might not align with him on all issues, none campaigned on raising taxes.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:36]