A prominent Democrat enters the race for United States Senate and insists he’s not late, but rather right on time.
Democrat Dave Domina, an attorney from Omaha, rejects notions he’s announcing his candidacy for U-S Senate late in this campaign.
“I really don’t think that Nebraskans wanted this United States Senate race to start within seven months of the swearing in of a new United States Senator in January of 2013,” Domina says, referring to the swearing-in of Republican Deb Fischer to replace Ben Nelson. “They deserve a rest from campaigning, too.”
Democrats have been waiting for a prominent name to enter the race. Larry Marvin of Fremont, who has run in the past, has filed as a Democrat for United States Senate. No others stepped forward, until now.
Though Domina says being a Democrat is important to him, he says it doesn’t define how he approaches issues, adding that the country does not have time to bicker.
“It’s time, really, for people to go to the United States Senate, not as ideologues, but as Americans,” Domina says.
Domina joins the Republicans running for the office in criticizing the Affordable Care Act. Domina calls it fundamentally flawed from its passage, because it was passed along party lines. Domina breaks with the Republican candidates in stating that the law should not be scrapped, but should be fixed.
Domina isn’t the only Democrat in the race. Larry Marvin of Fremont, who has run in the past, has formally filed at the Secretary of State’s office as a Democrat. Republican Clifton Johnson of Ft. Calhoun has also filed for the office.
Others in the race include:
Republicans: Midland University President Ben Sasse, Former state Treasurer Shane Osborn, Omaha lawyer Bart McLeay, and Omaha banker Sid Dinsdale.
Independents: Custer County cattle rancher Jim Jenkins and Todd Watson of Lincoln.
Sen. Mike Johanns, a Republican, is retiring from public office after serving this term.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]