An Omaha attorney is running for United States Senate in his first run for public office.
Republican Bart McLeay sees an eroding of rights as the IRS checks the backgrounds of conservative groups, the Department of Justice seizes of the phone records of reporters, the EPA flies over farm operations and the NSA gathers data.
McLeay says some might argue the government needs the data.
“But what you can’t argue with is the fact that we have had violations of the rules even in connection with those sweeping records and the court involved identified at least three violations there,” McLeay tells Nebraska Radio Network.
McLeay has been a business attorney in Omaha for 28 years. He also has an accounting background. McLeay says that dual experience could serve Nebraska well in Washington.
As an attorney, McLeay says he has had to deal often with people who do not necessarily share his beliefs and could use his negotiation skills during the difficult talks that have brought Congress to a standstill.
McLeay says his financial background would be helpful as fiscal matters become more pressing.
McLeay understands he lacks the name recognition some in the race have.
“I think that name recognition will take care of itself as I’m able to get across the state and meet people,” McLeay says.
Former state Treasurer Shane Osborn, Midland University President Ben Sasse, and Pinnacle Bancorp President Sid Dinsdale are the other Republicans in the U.S. Senate race. No Democrats have announced, yet.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]